Creating Confident Kids

Hello, I'm Miss Cathy, owner and Chief Drama Queen at Speak Up Studio. At Speak Up, we create exciting and engaging drama programs that build confidence and encourage children to be positive about speaking up. Our programs give children the opportunity to make friends, dress up in costumes, develop a love of reading and literature and extend their performance skills in a supportive, and non-competitive environment. Through participation in Speak Up's extensive speech and drama programs, students will develop confidence, creativity and communication skills that will help them in school and be with them for life! ​ Dramatically yours,  Miss Cathy More about our studio

All of the students seem to be loving this term and we are looking forward to some great performances at upcoming assemblies and parent watching week!


Our Studio Values

Confidence

Confidence

Speak Up Speech and Drama classes provide a safe environment for students to challenge themselves without feeling embarrassed or afraid of making a mistake. Drama games and improvisation are fun activities that allow students to stand up and present themselves without the pressure and hype of a “performance.”

Communication

Communication

Learning to speak well is one of the first steps to improving confidence and communication skills – every Speak Up Speech and Drama class includes some vocal training as well as the opportunity for students to practice eye contact, concentration and listening skills.

Creativity

Creativity

Creating drama, inventing characters and telling stories are integral parts our classes. We incorporate a wide range of poetry and prose to engage and inspire students and regularly use arts and craft activities to create special props, costumes, or puppets, which the children use in performances.


Building trust in the classroom

Building trust in the classroom

Trust is one of the most important building blocks in a drama classroom, or any classroom for that matter. Trust works in mysterious ways, but we very much love the way Brene Brown describes it in her book Dare To Lead. Brene uses the analogy of a marble jar to explain how trust develops over time. “We trust people who have earned marbles over

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How do you build trust as a parent

We have seen a variety of parenting styles here at Speak Up over the years. We see so many examples of truly outstanding parenting. We see parents who pave the way for their child, parents who communicate compassionately and clearly and parents who empower their children without getting in their way. Unfortunately, we also see some examples of parenting that worry us – parenting

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Why we need to pay attention to gender stereotypes

by Miss Cathy Gender stereotypes tell kids how to behave, what to be interested in, and how they should exist in the world. Gender stereotypes are enormously powerful – they affect the friends we make, the skills we learn, the way we communicate, and the way we deal with our emotions. Gender stereotypes can limit choice, stifle creativity and negatively affect our self esteem. We

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