Encouraging children to become confident public speakers from a young age will allow them to grow up as effective, articulate communicators.
Public speaking is an important life skill. Children will be required to present speeches throughout their schooling to communicate their knowledge and understanding and to express ideas to their teachers and peers.
Public Speaking often presents challenges to children as they are required to write a speech. Planning and organising an extend response based on a certain topic is the first step to being a confident speaker.
Children need to learn how to write with a purpose, for an audience. They then need to be introduced to writing their speech on appropriate palm cards and then learning how to read these palm cards whilst maintaining eye contact with their audience… it is a lot to learn!!
The important thing is to remember to scaffold their learning and to support children in building confidence. If a child feels overwhelmed about any part of public speaking, it is going to manifest itself as resistance or apprehension. Allowing children to enjoy the opportunity to be heard is very important – even if their first speech needs a lot of work, it is more important that they are confident in their efforts and have not been made to feel inadequate in the process.
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Find below some ideas for building confidence in your children’s public speaking from vitiesblog.com/30784/public-speaking-for-kids
PUBLIC SPEAKING ACTIVITIES
Here are some fun and quirky activities you can do with your child, for free, to equip them with public speaking and communication skills:
- Observe the Journey: Whilst driving, walking or on public transport, ask your child to describe as much of their surroundings as they can within one minute. Get them to think about shapes, colours and what is happening. After multiple attempts over days/weeks your child will begin to speak more clearly and sharpen their observation skills which are essential for speaking well.
- The Woof Game: This hilarious game will build your child’s ability to think on their feet- essential for presentation skills. Choose a common word like it or be. Provide your child with a topic to speak on for thirty seconds. Every time the chosen word is to appear in their speech they should replace it with woof. For example: Woof is a sunny day today. I am glad woof is not raining.
- Imaginary Animal: Get a group of family members , neighbours and friends together with your kids. Ask each group member to think of an animal and give them one minute to think of how they would describe that animal. Each member must then be questioned by their fellow members on the size, colour(s), habitat and other attributes until they discover what animal it is. This will boost your child’s confidence as it will familiarise them with speaking to an audience as somebody with unique information.