Opera and ballet

Now, I am the first to say I love the theatre. I truly do! I try to go atleast once a month and I don’t mind the cheap seats in the back! I also love to take the children as I think not only is it an immersive way for story telling but it fires their imagination and could inspire them.

We went to see School of Rock with G7 and she now is intrinsically motivated to play the piano. It helps that her baby brother also loves “play” the piano.

Sleeping Beauty by Blackwell and Fletcher
This book literally lets you bring stories to life on a mini stage.

I remember the first ballet I went to see was Sleeping Beauty in Manchester. I pirouetted all the way home.

This is the Royal Opera House in Covent Gardens

I don’t know about you, but theatres always make me feel special. Wherever I am sat. The luxuriousness Of the curtains and the deep crimson with the gold. I love thinking about the history of the place and who was sat in this very theatre decades ago!

I think it’s important to let our children experience this. It also teaches them about being patient, waiting, sitting nicely, thinking of others.

A few weeks ago, my wonderful nanny friend and I went to see Alices adventures underground. It was an opera. I’m more used to musicals and plays but the costumes and set were amazing! This show had Russian, German and French as well as English and there were subtitles so our older learners might get some reading opportunities but I would say, you probably didn’t need any words to follow the much beloved story.

More to books…

My First Orchestra Book. Y Genevieve Helsby and Karin Elkins

I always try to show my NKs the Orchestra. Maybe in the interval, to go down to the front and look at all the instruments and the players. It could inspire them to become a musician.

My First Classical Music Book by Genevieve Helsby and Jason Chapman

This book also comes with a CD but I don’t think I know anyone with a CD player anymore! You can listen to it online also.
As well as reading the book and dancing to the music. Pull out some colours and big sheets of paper and encourage them to Mark make to the music.

I’m trained in write dance which improves hand, fine and gross motor skills all to music. It is really fun, there are books you can buy or training you can go on.

Vivaldi The Four Seasons

La Bohème by Giacomo Puccini and Rosie Brooks
Carmen by Georges Bizet and Rosie Brooks
The Walkabout Orchestra by Chloé Perarnau

Interstellar Cinderella by Deborah Underwood and Meg Hunt

I have a lot of love for books that take a story and make it in a different setting. My G7 wants to be an astronaut so she would love this! Girls don’t have to wear pretty dresses and jewelry!
Reading Beauty by Deborah Underwood and Meg Hunt

I think Reading Beauty is me!

Share a picture of your little one at the theatre! What did you go to see?

Love Kat x

Published by moretobooks

Award- winning author of the book: “There’s more to books than reading- how to help your child bring stories to life” With a Masters in Education, I have taught as a School teacher across Northern England and have worked as a Nanny/Governess in London and across the world. I support parents and nannies to bring learning into the home in an exciting and purposeful way. Also a speaker at events such as NannyPalooza and the International Nanny Day 2017 and featured in the Nanny Magazine (USA) and Childcare Magazine (UK)

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