Tiny Theatre Pilot Program in DC
From April to June 2019, we worked alongside Black Child Development Institute and held four, bi-weekly workshops with children (grades K-4) in Southeast DC. During our short workshops, we read through scripts and identified the words that the kids struggled with. By the final workshop, we saw significant improvement in the students' reading ability!
Key Takeaways from Pilot Program
- Theatre increased students' reading confidence-Students who were nervous to read out loud, grew confidence in themselves and their reading ability.
- Reading & acting boosted comprehension- We noticed that students gained a better understanding of text when they read and acted.
- Students retained vocabulary better-Associating actions and sounds with new words helped students learn vocabulary quicker.
- "It helped me focus while reading"-1st grade student. The short length of our theatre scripts helped students stay engaged while learning.
- Students were eager to read more- Since the plays have fun characters and silly themes, the students were excited to read the scripts.