This month’s Homeschool High School Hop’s theme is about Electives. I have chosen to talk about some classes that some people may consider elective, but for us they are essential.
Public speaking is a life skill that we feel is important for all of our children to learn and practice. It’s one of those types of skills that is hard to do at home, though. Certainly, there is some work that can be done at home–writing the speeches, memorizing them, and practicing in front of your family. But the true way to attain mastery of the skill of public speaking is to present in front of a real audience.
My oldest son, who is now in high school, is involved in three types of public speaking: Drama, Speech, and Debate. Today I’m happy to share with you how you can help your homeschooled high schooler with drama, speech, and debate.
Drama: We are blessed to have a wonderful Christian theater organization in our area called Spotlight Youth Theater. Every year during the school year there are three musicals presented, and three 10-week class sessions that the kids are involved in. They also have summer camps. The classes are for ages 6 through 18. And the shows are for ages 8 through 18. I have written about all of the musicals that my kids have been in. Here are a few links:
It has been an incredible experience for all the kids that are involved. If you have an opportunity to get involved in theater (especially by a Christian organization), I highly recommend it!
Speech and Debate: We have another wonderful organization that we work with called the Institute for Cultural Communicators, or ICC. It’s international, so you can start a chapter in your own town if you don’t have any other way to learn and practice public speaking! ICC’s mission is to train and mentor Christians to lead. They provide a wonderful curriculum and weekly or bi-weekly chapter meetings for ages 6-18 to learn the skills and practice speaking in front of each other. Then, there are other opportunities throughout the year to speak in front of the community. In addition to my high schooler learning how to write and present different types of speeches and being pushed to present them in the community, he is also a student leader in our chapter which gives him leadership opportunites with the younger kids.
Every spring ICC holds tournaments so the kids can get feedback on their speeches. And they can also participate in debate. This past year was our first time to do debate. We still have a lot to learn! But it was a great experience, and now that my boys know how to prepare for it, I think they will keep improving each year. Debate is really a wonderful skill both for learning to research a topic, but also for learning organize and speak your thoughts quickly.
I encourage you to find a way to include public speaking in your high schooler’s repertoire. The sooner they can leaarn these valuable skills, the better it will be for them the whole rest of their life.
Now a little break from the Elective theme to bring you a special giveaway that ends on Sunday August 2, 2015. Enter below to win a wonderful planner from Well Planned Day–your choice of high school or college!
Now for this month’s Homeschool High School Blog Hop on Electives:
- Chareen at Every Bed of Roses with thoughts on Electives in the High School Years
- Debbie at Debbie’s Homeschool Corner shares Electives: The Fun Part of High School
- Carol over at Home Sweet Life on Homeschooling High School ~ Electives
- April from ElCloud Homeschool shares High School Homeschooling: Electives and Jobs
- Tess from Circling Through This Life shares on What about Electives? ~ Homeschool Highschool Blog Hop
- Leah from As We Walk Along the Road shares her thoughts on Choosing Electives for Homeschooling High School
- Kym at Homeschool Coffee Break shares on Customized Education and Electives
- Wendy at Life at Rossmont shares thoughts on High School Electives
- Gena over at I Choose Joy! shares Homeschool High School Public Speaking: Drama, Speech, and Debate
- Cristi from Through the Calm and Through the Storm shares on Interests + Opportunities = Electives
- Dawn Oaks at Double O Farms shares Just What Do You Do with Elective Requirements?
- Jennifer from A Glimpse of Our Life on High School Electives
- Michele at Family, Faith and Fridays shares How About Some Fun?
- Lisa at Golden Grasses says Frosting on the Cake- High School Electives, Jobs and College Prepping
- Meg from Adventures with Jude on High School Electives – Tasting the Real World
- Debra over at Footprints in the Butter asks Is Your High Schooler Taking the “Right” Electives?
Here are other posts in my Homeschool High School Series to help you in your high school planning:
Post #2: Choosing the Coursework–What classes should my student take in order to graduate?
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Kole has a point – what is the difference between a fiddle and a violin? Do you know?? Leave your answer in the comments!! Here’s more ideas on how you can incorporate music to your lessons:
- Easy ways to add music to your lessons
- How to teach economics to elementary kids with music
- Adding musical instruments to your lessons
- 9 ways to bring music into your homeschool
- 5 ways to “teach” music to your preschooler
Big thanks to Kole for his wonderful review of the Violin Starter Set!!
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I have to admit that when we started planning my son’s 5th birthday party a couple of weeks ago, it wasn’t even on my radar that the Minions movie was coming out. Nevertheless, it came about that we had a Minion Birthday Party!
First, my daughter found some cupcakes on a Youtube video she said she wanted to make–and they were Minions.
Then, my kids bought my son a Minion hat as a present.
And, then he received a couple of other Minion presents!
Enjoy the pictures of my youngest son’s 5th Minion Birthday Party!
The adorable Minion cupcakes! My 11-year-old daughter made these all by herself.
The Star Pinata:
Fun twistable balloons my kids made as party favors:
Some other awesome presents:
Color Wonder Mess-Free Fingerpaints:
Minion Jacket and Minion Hat! It’s so funny how he’s wearing both at the same time.
What fun themes of birthday parties have you had?
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