does practice make perfect

Does practice make perfect?

Does practice make perfect? Perfection is not what we should be aiming for. Rather we should try hard, practise, and aim to be the best we can be in the amount of time given. We see the most significant progress in the students who have been with us for a while. Great progress takes time. It doesn’t simply matter how good you are at

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Helping kids deal with scary things

Helping kids deal with scary things

by Amy de Putron How much do you protect your child from seeing scary things? Parents all handle this differently. We should, of course, use our own judgement on how we protect our children. After all, all kids are different and we are the ones who know them best.  My kids handle scary stuff differently. There is a small age gap but my eldest

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Speech and drama warm up Dr seuss

Speech and Drama Warm Up

Our Speak Up kids have made a great video to show you our Speech and Drama warm up they will be practising for the end of year concert. This is a fantastic warm up to do as it moves through each important part of our body, from our voice to our posture. We reach up tall and collapse down small, before carefully rolling up

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Group of three boys who belong

Finding a place where your child feels like they belong

When parents enrol their children in Speak Up classes we send them a little questionnaire to fill in about their child. One of the questions is, “What brought you to Speak Up?” By far the most common reason parents enrol their children in our Speech and Drama classes is because they can see their child’s creative and confident side at home and they want

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games to play with tired kids

Games for parents when you’re too tired to play

We know what it can be like at the end of the day. You have just got the kids home after a busy day and they are starting to lose it. They are sad, cranky and complaining that they’re bored. This is often the time of day that they are desperate to connect and have a little time with you, but also when you

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drama kids being silly

The power of silly

by Miss Cathy Clur The most common concern I hear from new Speak Up Studio parents is, “My child is full of confidence at home, but as soon as she is in front of people she doesn’t know, she becomes quiet and shy.” Parents hope that by participating in drama their child will learn to “let go”. I agree, that drama is very good

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Kids dressed up

Should we tell kids they can be anything they want to be?

by Amy de Putron What did you want to be when you were growing up? I wanted to be many things. The first I can remember was a florist. When I was older it was a composer, and then a conductor. I loved music and I seemed to do ok at it, so I decided to pursue my passion. As life would turn out,

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Books that inspire teachers

Books that inspire teachers

Our Speech and Drama teachers are all bookworms and take inspiration for their classes from a huge variety of children’s books they love. Books that inspire our teachers have wonderful characters, magical storylines and positive messages. We asked the staff at Speak Up, what books inspire them. These are inspirational books for teachers and you will see why. We think they are books every

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Tips for show and tell

Top Tips for Public Speaking

Wondering how to help your child overcome fear and anxiety about show and tell or school oral presentations? Here are three tips for public speaking from our studio director, Miss Cathy. 1. Acknowledge your child’s fears and worries. Don’t minimise them.  Public speaking is scary. It is said that humans fear speaking in public more than death! Avoid downplaying just how scary public speaking

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Imagining the future

Imagining the Future of Speak Up

In a past life, I worked in film and television creating costumes and dressing sets. It was such a creative and imaginative job and I LOVED it! For a while, I tried to have two careers at once; running Speak Up and working 60 hour weeks on set. Cue exhaustion and burn out. It was really hard to let go of film life. The

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