There is one subject that we, as classical educators intend to do well, but possibly fall short. This particular subject is GUARANTEED to be used in our kids lives, and I would argue is a skill rapidly disappearing from our culture. In fact, I believe this one skill will determine more of your child’s future than his/her math scores or science studies. I am talking about the art of communication. Specifically, Public Speaking – or at the elementary stage – Presentations.
I get it! Monday night rolls around and you realize you totally forgot to remind your kid to pull together a speech for Tuesday and so you quickly tell them to grab a book they just read and give a speech on that. Or maybe you are just done trying to convince your son that he cannot do a show-and-tell of his latest LEGO creation for the third week in a row. Somehow, presentations just get forgotten, or demoted under the piles of math and reading and grammar. And each week you vow to do better, but end up showing up the following week under the same scenario.
Part of the struggle is the lack of a defined plan. The other part is that there aren’t exactly many resources that actually lay out how to do a better job. There are great books about Public Speaking, but you are still left wondering how exactly to implement it, and its not like you have a ton of time to come up with a plan on your own.
I mentioned last week that I have been working on some projects that are just about ready to come to fruition. The one I am head-over-heels excited about, solves the exact problem I described above. And it doesn’t solve it just because “I said it solves it” – it ACTUALLY solves it! You see, I rolled it out to our community first and we have spent our first 8 weeks using the resource. The response I have received is crazy encouraging! It is one thing to create a helpful resource, but it is another thing to hear that your resource actually makes moms feel successful, and that kids are begging to give their speeches. Best of all, they are building actual real-life, always gonna matter, skills. Every. Single. Week.
I know what this new resource teaches them each week, and I CANNOT WAIT to see and hear their speeches at the end of the year!!! In the meantime, I thought I would let you know that there is something coming VERY SOON that will give your kids priceless tools for their future….
To His glory,