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Each class week at our classical co-op our grammar stage students do an oral presentation for their class. We have a list of topics that cover things like family traditions; favorite vacations; geographical locations, other favorites such as toys, books, or games; and even history topics.
The older kids’ presentations include notes, props, and time limits. I am their teacher and often have a hard time holding them to their three minutes.
The younger group is more brief in their presentations, but also use props and some even use notecards.
John likes to use a notecard to help him to remember the things he wants to talk about, but at six, he is not a strong enough reader to read the words related to his more complex topics discussed in his presentations.
So we have come up with a notecard using mostly pictures, symbols and some phonetically spelled words to help him with his presentation.
- John will tell me the specific topic he wants to talk about, and then usually we try to choose three points per topic.
- Once we have chosen the three points, I will draw a card for him with visual cues that remind him of his three points. He sits next to me as I draw, and we talk through the presentation for a second time.
- Finally he practices the presentation. We try to shoot for once a day for the three to four days leading up to co-op, but honestly we often go on less practice than that. The repetition insures that he remembers what each of my scribbles mean when the big day comes.
This is the card we made for his presentation about Japan. I scanned it with my phone. 😉
What it Looks Like
Here is a practice run that matches the card above from his Japan presentation.
Here are a couple of other cards from earlier in the year. This first one about castles is from really early on and was pictures only.
As you can see, these early ones were pretty simple. He took his Imaginext Castle so the presentation was pretty cool, no matter what he had to say.
This card is from his presentation on Christmas traditions
Once again, the familiar pictures would remind him of the things that he wanted to say.
And that’s how we do it right now. The presentation twice a month has been great for the kids. They really have no problem getting up and speaking in front of a group in a formal or informal setting.
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