After School Activities: 3 top tips for a busy mum or dad on how you choose the activities to keep and the ones to drop?

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Family time and relaxation is as precious as learning and developing. The ‘time-out’ is equally as crucial to a child’s development but with so many opportunities out there for after school activities how do you strike the balance and decide what to continue with and what to drop?

“Quitting” is an awful word there is nothing worse than hearing “she’s quit” or “he’s quit!” However we also understand that at different stages of a child’s life they need to reassess their commitments as there is so much to choose from to fill your child’s time and as a child develops and their ability increases in one particular area the commitment to that activity needs to increase.

Swimming is a prime example. Every child needs to swim as it is a fundamental life skill but as your child progresses it can lead to training early mornings, evenings and weekends. At what point as the parent do you put the brakes on and reassess? It may be that you want to streamline their activities and look for one or two that enhance all areas of their lives. It may be that you need to look for ways of helping them conquer presentation skills or nerves or the ability to sell themselves in a part time job interview? Maybe it is at the point where you need to decide which one to drop and which ones to keep that you need to look at what they offer your child over and above the most important point of their enjoyment! Fun is key to any activity that any of us do at any age. When a child is having fun and feels happy they will develop.

This is not an easy exercise but really considering the benefits of each activity is a good starting point. You primarily want your child to be happy and enjoying what they are doing so:

1) Eradicate the ones that they are not enjoying first and foremost however much you want them to do it!

2) Look at the activities that are going to have exponential benefits. Drama is a prime example. The benefit of drama upon all other academic subjects, emotionally, personally, mentally and physically are enormous. As a parent you can no longer rely on its delivery, with the cuts to the arts, within a school setting and therefore enhancing your child’s life by having it as an extra curricular activity will ensure that you and your child reap the rewards. Look at all of it’s benefits!

3) Then look at your time. Which ones work with your hectic schedule and that of your child’s? As they grow up the workload and commitment from school increases and it is so important that you are monitoring what they can cope with too. Look for the activities that take up the least amount of time but hold the most benefits!

Look for those that fit well into the week as a working parent or family. Remembering that there also has to be quality family time and relaxation. Activities at the weekends often end up being missed because of children’s parties and weekends away visiting friends. So again choose the activities that will be best attended because the consistency will also aid the end result for your child. Missing lots of gymnastics lessons on a Saturday due to children’s parties is not going to be helpful for your child’s development and you are going to feel torn and more stressed because naturally your child will prefer to attend their best friend’s cinema party or football party in preference to attending their lesson/class.  You will certainly feel better not paying for something that they cannot consistently attend for 39 weeks of the year.

It is very tricky as we all want the best for our children and we want to give them every opportunity in life but there is only so much that they can do.

We only have so many minutes in a day and what we do with those 1440 minutes really count both as a parent and a child! I was discussing this very point with a young boy who was trialling one of our lessons at Little Voices last night.  I said to him, “you can be whatever you want to be but it all hinges on how you choose to spend your time.” His parent/guardian looked at me and totally agreed. She was so impressed and said “Little Voices is exactly what he needs at the moment and I can see that your lessons are so much more than just training in drama and singing.”

I could see that on the young boys face he had really absorbed what I had said. As we know our teachers can have a profound effect on the next generation and it is part of the life skills and guidance that after school activities should seek to achieve, in my opinion.

When I founded Little Voices (inspirational education for the next generation training children to the highest standard in drama and singing) I did not want it to be seen as just another drama club or music lesson. The groups are so small so that we can have a really positive and profound effect on a child’s education as a whole. As we know the word education comes from the Latin ‘educare’ meaning to draw out. We aim to draw out the potential in every child so that the can achieve to a really high level in life and/or on the stage.

After school activities need to be fun primarily but fundamentally they need to have a multiple function for the next generation. The time of a parent is so precious these days as we are running around as career women and men, mothers, fathers, partners, housekeepers and all in the most glamorous fashion too! The way to get the best results is to use our time effectively and that means using it smartly! Every element of our time and every ounce of our children’s time needs to be balanced effectively. Let’s face it we all want the best for our children. We all want them to be successful and happy.

Every single person in the world has one common denominator – TIME. The same amount of it and it is ticking away at the same rate for us all. Our success and our happiness is a result of what we do with our time!

So perhaps this week is the time to find an activity that serves a multitude of functions in yours and your child’s life? It will help with the chaos of being a busy mum or dad.

You can always ring Little Voices Head Office and we will put you in touch with your nearest Principal so that you can really have a good chat about your child and what they need. It might be that Little Voices is not what you are looking for and we are not right for your child but we will always be honest and every child can apply for a free trial lesson and experience Little Voices for themselves. We are always honest and give our professional feedback to help you in your quest to find the right after school activity for your child.

ANOTHER WINNER IN PETERBOROUGH!

Huge CONGRATULATIONS go to Bethanie, a Voices pupil from our Stanground venue in Peterborough. Bethanie adores drama and singing – and recently entered an annual singing competition, Hampton’s Got Talent. She made it through several gruelling rounds and was excited to be chosen from hundreds of entries to perform in the grand final in front of a live audience. Bethanie sang Christina Perri’s “Jar Of Hearts” and was absolutely thrilled to beat off the stiff competition and be crowned the WINNER!!

Well done Bethanie, all your hard work and dedication to your lessons has certainly paid off and we are all extremely proud of you here at Little Voices.

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Little Voices Takes Centre Stage in Wandsworth

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As if proof were needed of the explosion in popularity of performing arts’ skills among the UK’s children – the on-going success of Britain’s Got Talent, X Factor and The Voice being the ultimate examples – the well-known UK wide Little Voices performing arts school is opening up in Wandsworth bringing its professional singing and acting lessons to local students. Little Voices Wandsworth, running from Swaffield Primary School will be opening its doors with a special launch event, staging two afternoons of free workshop taster sessions on Thursday 5th and 12th November.

Principal of neighbouring Little Voices Putney, Fulham and Richmond Ashlea Pearson’ who is a professional singer and songwriter with a wealth of performing experience and lives just around the corner in Putney says this will be a major boost to the level of acting and singing skills training in Wandsworth and the surrounding areas.

Managing Director, Jane Maudsley commented: “Ashlea is an absolute asset to our team of Little Voices principals, she is motivated, passionate and an extremely talented principal and vocal tutor. It is wonderful to welcome Ashlea to Little Voices Fulham, Ashlea strives to provide lessons that engage her pupils and challenge them at every level and is bound for super success. I am sure even more children and their parents in Wandsworth will soon be benefiting from our unique methods of teaching and I look forward to hearing about their next examination results through The London Academy Of Music & Dramatic Art’.” she said.

Ashlea Pearson commented: “We are delighted to be opening a centre in the Wandsworth and Southside area. We already have a strong presence in the surrounding areas and I am confident that our small class sizes, outstanding tuition, expert guidance, support and traditional methods of teaching drama and singing, will both encourage our local children to pursue a life on the stage, and increase their confidence in all areas of their life,” she said.

“At Little Voices children are taught within a unique framework of Drama and Singing lessons of Distinction, in groups of no more than six pupils working towards highly respected and accredited Musical Theatre, Drama, Acting and Communication Examinations through L.A.M.D.A. Little Voices hold a 100% pass rate, 98% at Merit & Distinction. They pride themselves on expert guidance, small class sizes building children’s confidence and promoting social development in all areas of life.”

For more information about Little Voices in Wandsworth or to apply for a free trial lesson on the 5th/12th November, please contact Ashlea on 0208 088 0113/ SWL@littlevoices.org.uk.

Little Voices Fulham – Children’s Drama Classes

Does Your Child Love To Act ?

Would You Like To Build Their Confidence?

 

Whether your child is a complete novice and has never had a drama lesson before or your son/daughter is already attending a weekly stage school and you wish to enhance their current tuition you have found the right place to nurture their acting ability.

 

LITTLE VOICES WILL BE LAUNCHING A NEW CENTRE THIS JANUARY 2018!

St John’s Walham Green Primary School
Filmer Rd
Fulham
London

Mini Voices (4 -7 years) 4pm – 4.45pm

Little Voices ( 8 – 13 years) 4.45pm – 5.45pm

 

ENQUIRE NOW TO BOOK ONTO THE FREE TRIAL OPENING EVENING ON:

TUESDAY 9TH JANUARY 2018!

 

Little Voices Fulham provides fun and inspiring drama lessons for all children aged 4 – 13 years of age, giving your child specific individual tuition within small groups. Our highly qualified tutors are extremely passionate and are determined to work to your child’s individual needs and ability. Our unique lessons build children’s confidence whilst working specifically towards termly performances and highly respected and accredited Acting and Musical Theatre examinations through ‘The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts’.

What Age Ranges Do We Cater For?

Mini Voices

These lessons are for 4-7 year olds with a maximum of 13 pupils, working towards accredited LAMDA introductory Examinations and mini performances.

Performing Arts training is delivered in fun and inspiring lessons to build children’s confidence, communication and social skills from a very early age.

Duration: 45 minute lesson

 

Locations: 

Every Tuesday 4pm @ St John’s Walham Green Primary School, Filmer Road, SW6 6AS

Every Thursday 4pm @ St Etheldreda Church, 528 Fulham Palace Road, SW6 6JF

 

 

Little Voices

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These lessons are for 8 – 13 year olds with a maximum of 15 pupils, organised by age, ability and friendships. Working on scenes of Musical Theatre for LAMDA Examinations from shows such as Matilda, Shrek and Hairspray. As well as working towards termly showcases a chance for pupils to share what they have learnt with parents, friends and family.

 Duration: 60 minute lesson

Locations:
 Locations:
Every Tuesday 4.45pm @ St John’s Walham Green Primary School, Filmer Road, SW6 6AS

Every Thursday 5pm & 6pm @ St Etheldreda Church, 528 Fulham Palace Road, SW6 6JF

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Your child can learn:

  • How to speak with clarity, projection and confidence

  • How to over come stage freight

  • How to look after their voice and sing correctly

  • How to prepare for performances or auditions

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Enrolling NOW!

*Terms and Conditions apply. You MUST apply by filling in and submitting a Free Trial Lesson Form – click here to apply. This allows us to assess the different abilities of children, ages and friendships for the lesson. It in no way enrols your child into regular lessons.

Little Voices Fulham – Children’s Drama & Singing Lessons

Does Your Child Love To Act and Sing?

Would You Like To Build Their Confidence?

 

 

Whether your child is a complete novice and has never had a drama or singing lesson before or your son/daughter is already attending a weekly stage school and you wish to enhance their current tuition you have found the right place to nurture their acting and singing ability.

Book Your FREE Trial Lesson

Before: 15th September

 

Little Voices Fulham provides fun and inspiring drama and singing lessons for all children aged 4 – 18 years of age, giving your child specific individual tuition within a group of only 10 children. Our highly qualified tutors are extremely passionate and are determined to work to your child’s individual needs and ability. Our unique lessons build children’s confidence whilst working specifically towards termly performances and highly respected and accredited Acting and Musical Theatre examinations through ‘The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts’.

What Age Ranges Do We Cater For?

Mini Voices

These lessons are for 4-7 year olds with a maximum of 10 pupils, working towards accredited LAMDA introductory Examinations and mini performances.

Performing Arts training is delivered in fun and inspiring lessons to build children’s confidence, communication and social skills from a very early age.

Duration: 40 minute lesson

When: Every Wednesday 4pm,  Thursday 4pm 

Little Voices

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These lessons are for 8 – 11 year olds with a maximum of 10 pupils, organised by age, ability and friendships. Working on scenes of Musical Theatre for LAMDA Examinations from shows such as Matilda, Shrek and Hairspray. As well as working towards termly showcases a chance for pupils to share what they have learnt with parents, friends and family.

 Duration: 60 minute lesson

 When:  Thursday 5pm & 6pm

Voices lessons

                                                                These lessons are for 12 – 18 year olds. These lessons a very specifically tailored to your sons/daughter’s ability and future voLittleVoices_033cal and dramatic intentions. Many of our pupils go on to study Drama, Music or Performing Arts but equally many of our pupils wish to just enhance their UCAS application or CV with details of their extra curricular experiences that they have loved for so long. Little Voices supports each individual pupil to strive towards their individual goals.

Duration: 60 minute lessons

When: Thursday 6pm – 7pm

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Your child can learn:

  • How to speak with clarity, projection and confidence

  • How to over come stage freight

  • How to look after their voice and sing correctly

  • How to prepare for performances or auditions

.

Enrolling NOW!

*Terms and Conditions apply. You MUST apply by filling in and submitting a Free Trial Lesson Form – click here to apply. This allows us to assess the different abilities of children, ages and friendships for the lesson. It in no way enrols your child into regular lessons.

Little Voices Fulham – Children’s Singing Classes

Does Your Child Love To Sing?

Would You Like To Build Their Confidence?

 

Whether your child is a complete novice and has never had a singing lesson before or your son/daughter is already attending a weekly stage school and you wish to enhance their current tuition you have found the right place to nurture their singing ability.

 

LITTLE VOICES WILL BE LAUNCHING A NEW CENTRE THIS JANUARY 2018!

St John’s Walham Green Primary School
Filmer Rd
Fulham
London

Mini Voices (4 -7 years) 4pm – 4.45pm

Little Voices ( 8 – 13 years) 4.45pm – 5.45pm

 

ENQUIRE NOW TO BOOK ONTO THE FREE TRIAL OPENING EVENING ON:

TUESDAY 9TH JANUARY 2018!

 

Little Voices Fulham provides fun and inspiring singing lessons for all children aged 4 – 13 years of age, giving your child specific individual tuition within small group sizes. Our highly qualified tutors are extremely passionate and are determined to work to your child’s individual needs and ability. Our unique lessons build children’s confidence whilst working specifically towards termly performances and highly respected and accredited Acting and Musical Theatre examinations through ‘The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts’.

What Age Ranges Do We Cater For?

Mini Voices

These lessons are for 4-7 year olds with a maximum of 13 pupils, working towards accredited LAMDA introductory Examinations and mini performances.

Performing Arts training is delivered in fun and inspiring lessons to build children’s confidence, communication and social skills from a very early age.

Duration: 45 minute lesson

 

Locations:

Every Tuesday 4pm @ St Johns Walham Green Primary School, Filmer Road, SW6 6AS

Every Thursday 4pm @ St Etheldreda Church, 528 Fulham Palace Road, SW6 6JF

 

 

Little Voices

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These lessons are for 8 – 13 year olds with a maximum of 15 pupils, organised by age, ability and friendships. Working on scenes of Musical Theatre for LAMDA Examinations from shows such as Matilda, Shrek and Hairspray. As well as working towards termly showcases a chance for pupils to share what they have learnt with parents, friends and family.

 Duration: 60 minute lesson

Locations:
Locations:
Every Tuesday 4.45pm @ St Johns Walham Green Primary School, Filmer Road, SW6 6AS
 Locations:
Every Thursday 5pm & 6pm @ St Etheldreda Church, 528 Fulham Palace Road, SW6 6JF
 Every Thursday 5pm & 6pm @ St Etheldreda Church, 528 Fulham Palace Road, SW6 6JF

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Your child can learn:

  • How to speak with clarity, projection and confidence

  • How to over come stage freight

  • How to look after their voice and sing correctly

  • How to prepare for performances or auditions

.

Enrolling NOW!

*Terms and Conditions apply. You MUST apply by filling in and submitting a Free Trial Lesson Form – click here to apply. This allows us to assess the different abilities of children, ages and friendships for the lesson. It in no way enrols your child into regular lessons.

Little Voices Putney – Children’s Singing Lessons

Does your child love to sing?

Would you like to help promote this?

 

 

Whether your child is a complete novice and has never had a singing lesson before or your son/daughter is already attending a weekly stage school and you wish to enhance their current tuition you have found the right place to nurture their singing ability.

 

Book A Free Trial Lesson 

Before: 26th May!

 

Little Voices Putney provides specialised singing lessons, giving your child specific singing tuition within small grouped theatrical workshop lessons. Our highly qualified tutors are extremely passionate and are determined to work to your child’s individual needs and ability. Our unique lessons build children’s confidence while working specifically towards yearly performances and highly respected and accredited examinations through ‘The London Academy of Music & Dramatic Arts’.

 

What Age Range Do We Cater For?

Pupils are organised into groups of pupils according to their friendships within the groups and their ability.

Mini Voices –  lessons are 40 minutes and are designed for 4 to 7 year olds working towards a yearly performance and with the option to take a solo LAMDA exam at the end of each academic year.

Lessons run every Wednesday in Putney from 4.30pm – 5.10pm.

 

 

Little Voices – lessons are 50 minutes long and are designed for 8 to 13 year olds. Grouped accordingly, working towards a yearly performance and LAMDA musical theatre examinations.

Lessons run every Monday in Putney from 5.30pm – 6.20pm

Every Wednesday in Putney from 5.20pm – 6.10pm & 6.20pm – 7.10pm

 

 

LESSONS RUN FROM:  ST. MARYS CHURCH, PUTNEY HIGHT STREET, SW15 1SN.

 

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Your child can learn:

  • How to sing with clarity, projection and confidence

  • How to over come stage fright

  • How to look after their voice

  • How to prepare for a singing exam, performance or auditions 

 

 BOOK A FREE TRIAL

Before 26th May!

 

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 Apply for Free Trial Lesson

*Terms and Conditions apply. You MUST apply by filling in and submitting a Free Trial Lesson Form. This allows us to assess the different abilities of children, ages and friendships for the lesson. It in no way enrols your child into regular lessons.

 

Little Voices Putney – Children’s Drama Lessons

Does your child love to act?

Would you like to build their confidence and channel their love for drama in a fun way?

 

 

 

Whether your child is a complete novice and has never had a drama lesson before or your son/daughter is already attending a weekly stage school and you wish to enhance their current tuition you have found the right place to nurture their acting ability.

Book A Free Trial Lesson 

Before: 26th May!

 

Little Voices Putney provides specialised drama lessons, giving your child specific acting tuition within small grouped theatrical workshop lessons. Our highly qualified tutors are extremely passionate and are determined to work to your child’s individual needs and ability. Our unique lessons build children’s confidence while working specifically towards yearly performances and highly respected and accredited examinations through ‘The London Academy of Music & Dramatic Arts’. What Age Range Do We Cater For? Pupils are organised into groups of pupils according to their friendships within the groups and their ability.   Mini Voices –  lessons are 40 minutes and are designed for 4 to 7 year olds working towards a yearly performance and with the option to take a solo LAMDA exam at the end of each academic year. Lessons run every Wednesday in Putney from 4.30pm – 5.10pm.     Little Voices – lessons are 50 minutes long and are designed for 8 to 13 year olds. Grouped accordingly, working towards a yearly performance and LAMDA musical theatre examinations. Lessons run every Monday in Putney from 5.30pm – 6.20pm Every Wednesday in Putney from 5.20pm – 6.10pm & 6.20pm – 7.10pm LESSONS RUN FROM:  ST. MARYS CHURCH, PUTNEY HIGHT STREET, SW15 1SN.   What Do Our Parents Think? Recent News Term Dates Holiday Theatre Weeks Your child can learn: How to speak with clarity, projection and confidence How to over come stage freight How to look after their voice How to prepare for a drama exam, performance or audition   BOOK A FREE TRIAL Before 26th May!   Book a Free Trial Lesson

*Terms and Conditions apply. You MUST apply by filling in and submitting a Free Trial Lesson Form – click here to apply. This allows us to assess the different abilities of children, ages and friendships for the lesson. It in no way enrols your child into regular lessons.

Little Voices Richmond – Children’s Drama Lessons

Does your child love to act?

Would you like to nurture their confidence and channel their energy in an enjoyable way?

 

If you consider how many times your child will have to speak in front of others in their lifetime – present a project or read aloud, attend an interview for college or work, for example, the number will be very high, how can your child improve these skills in an enjoyable way?

 

Whether your child is a complete novice and has never had a drama lesson before or your son/daughter is already attending a weekly stage school and you wish to enhance their current tuition you have found the right place to nurture their acting ability.

 

Book TWO Free Trial Lessons 

Before: 23rd September

 

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Little Voices Richmond provides specialised drama lessons, giving your child specific individual tuition within a group of only six children. Our highly qualified tutors are extremely passionate and are determined to work to your child’s individual needs and ability. Our unique lessons build children’s confidence while working specifically towards termly performances and highly respected and accredited Musical examinations through ‘The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts’.

What Age Ranges Do We Cater For?

Pupils are organised into small groups of pupils according to their friendships within the groups and their ability.

  • Mini Voices – lessons are 40 minutes and are designed for 4 to 7 year olds
  • Little Voices – lessons are 50 minutes long and are designed for 7 to 12 year olds
  • Voices – these lessons are also 60 minutes long, and are designed for 13 to 19 year olds.

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Your child can learn:

  • How to speak with clarity, projection and confidence

  • How to over come stage freight

  • How to look after their voice

  • How to prepare for a drama exam, performance or audition

    Apply for Free Trial Lesson

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*Terms and Conditions apply. You MUST apply by filling in and submitting a Free Trial Lesson Form – click here to apply. This allows us to assess the different abilities of children, ages and friendships for the lesson. It in no way enrols your child into regular lessons.

Little Voices Richmond – Children’s Singing Lessons

Does Your Child Love To Sing?

Would You Like To Take Their Singing and Performance Training To The Next Level?

 

Whether your child is a complete novice and has never had a singing lesson before or your son/daughter is already attending a weekly stage school and you wish to enhance their current tuition you have found the right place to nurture their singing ability.

 

Book TWO Free Trial Lessons 

Before: 23rd September

 

Little Voices Richmond provides specialised singing lessons, giving your child specific individual tuition within a group of only six children. Our highly qualified tutors are extremely passionate and are determined to work to your child’s individual needs and ability. Our unique lessons build children’s confidence while working specifically towards termly performances and highly respected and accredited Musical examinations through ‘The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts’.

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What Age Ranges Do We Cater For?

Pupils are organised into small groups of pupils according to their friendships within the groups and their ability.

  • Mini Voices – lessons are 40 minutes and are designed for 4 to 7 year olds
  • Little Voices – lessons are 50 minutes long and are designed for 7 to 12 year olds
  • Voices – these lessons are also 60 minutes long, and are designed for 13 to 19 year olds.

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Your child can learn:

  • How to speak with clarity, projection and confidence

  • How to over come stage freight

  • How to look after their voice

  • How to prepare for a drama exam, performance or audition

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*Terms and Conditions apply. You MUST apply by filling in and submitting a Free Trial Lesson Form – click here to apply. This allows us to assess the different abilities of children, ages and friendships for the lesson. It in no way enrols your child into regular lessons.