The holiday season is upon us. That means a lot of things as it pertains to shopping and gift giving. One of the things it means to us as a school is the Christmas program. We have done Christmas programs probably since the founding of the school in 1950. Schools typically do Christmas programs. But why do we have Christmas programs and other productions during the school year? I think this is helpful to know, because as parents we can support the preparation and performance of these programs as part of our children’s development. We put on school programs to develop poise, public speaking ability, and skill in music.
One of the things young people need to learn is how to accomplish a task under pressure. All of us face deadlines and other key moments where we have to produce and not wither under the strain of a task. This is called strength. Maintaining strength and confidence in front of people is called poise. We develop poise through practice. If children are regularly in front of people, over the course of time, they learn to be comfortable in those situations. The more natural we are, the easier it is to communicate the message we are giving.
Going along with poise is public speaking ability. We want our students, especially the boys, to have skill in public speaking. This does not mean that we are trying to develop professional actors; we are not. But we do want students to speak up and address a crowd in a confident, natural style. These skills greatly aid communication. Public speaking ability starts with having something to say, and then it moves to learning how to say it. Again, all of this takes practice.
A third reason we have school programs is to develop music skills. We teach choir so our students can learn how to praise the Lord vocally with skill. We want them to be good at music. One of the reasons is so they can use their music skills in church for their entire lifetime to praise the Lord with godly music. In addition, some of these students will go on to study music in greater ways. This is good because we need young people to carry the torch of teaching music to the next generation. Our instruction now builds their foundation for greater growth later.
School programs are a lot of work for everyone. But the benefits are worth the effort. Through them students learn poise, public speaking ability, and music skills. If students will work at it by learning their lines, taking rehearsals seriously, and working at bettering themselves, they can get a lot out of these opportunities. As we parents understand the benefits of school programs, we can encourage and prompt our children to do their best. All of this leads toward greater development in our children’s lives. We will see you Friday night, December 13 at 7:30 in the church auditorium.