A year ago I bought a curriculum for speech. I sat on the shelf all year.
Do you have a subject that has been like that? Or am I the only one?
Speech has just been one of those subjects that has seemed difficult to fit into our day. It just seems difficult to ask one student to prepare a speech and give it for your family, especially when no one else would be subjected to the same nervous torture. So lat school year I thought that I would have Judah and Colleen go through this speech curriculum together. It was a great plan… that didn't happen.
As I began planning for the 2012-13 school year, I realized my forgotten failure. Then I purposed to correct my error.
We were going to do speech and only speech to wrap up our school year! A Speech Intensive.
The speech curriculum I decided to use is Secrets of Great Communicators. (My affiliate link) It's one that Sonlight Curriculum recommends. They don't really have it integrated into any of their cores, and they don't have a schedule of lesson plans written out for it. It is simply a big workbook and a DVD set for instruction. It also has a CD-Rom with some teacher helps. (You can also get this curriculum on Amazon, but it was unclear whether it is the whole set or not.)
I took a fresh look at the workbook to see if I was crazy to try to attempt the whole semester of speech class in just a couple of weeks. I thought it looked possible, so we jumped in.
Our plan was very simple. Judah, Colleen, and Sean (getting ready to start 9th grade) would work on speech for around 6 hours each day. We would simply work straight through the book, doing each assignment and video in the order we came to it in the book. I didn't try to do any fancy re-arranging. I would see how far we got in one week.
Chapter 1 and all exercises
Chapter 2 and all exercises
Began writing their first speech
Finished writing speech #1
Gave Speech #1
Chapter 3 and all exercises
Write speech #2
Still to finish this week~
Give Speech #2
Begin Chapter 4
The last two weeks have surprised me. My teens began the week with "oh, we have to do speech…" That lasted until we watched the first video. Immediately after the video was over (unsolicited, mind you), I hear, "Wow. I think I'm really going to like this!"
Yep. You heard right. They all thought they would like speech class. And they really have!
The way that Jeff Myers presents the information is very simple, and he makes it relevant to life. The DVDs are of him delivering a speech– a speech in which he is not only telling you how to give a speech, but illustrating the points he made in the reading. He also explains very aptly how good communication can benefit the Kingdom of God.
He has not only taught my teens; he has inspired them.
The first speech took my teens the longest to write (so far). All three of them thought it would be no big deal to stand up in front of mom and their other siblings to give a speech about someone who they view as a hero– until they stood in front of all our eyes looking at them.
We had our share of "um" and nervous laughter. But mostly, my teens really impressed me. All three of them gave fabulous speechs! They were interesting, taught us some facts we didn't know, made good use of story, and spoke well.
It's been a really good week and a half of our Speech Intensive. They will finish the week by giving their second speeches and starting the next chaper.
I can't wait to hear what they have to say next!
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