Do you remember your first formal presentation? I distinctly remember competing in a fashion show for a pajamas I made. I “stood” there, stood only in the loosest sense because I spent my entire time talking attempting to do the splits, and then standing back up. I had points taken off because they thought I was “nervous.”
In reality I hadn’t been taught the finer points of how to give a presentation. I want to make sure this doesn’t happen to my kids, so I’ve added how to give a presentation lessons to my homeschooling.
Our first presentation: Life in Colonial America
A couple of weeks ago we finished up our study of “Life in Colonial America,” and now we’ve moved on to the American Revolution…….
Princess and Youngest E talked about the clothes people wore. Princess did pretty well over all because she knew what she was talking about and could mostly name all the different layers of clothes……….
The boys talked about colonial punishments. They did a great job for their first presentation (and I’ll spare you the 5 minute video of it). They remembered most of their topic, and were able to explain what the different punishments were for.
The most hilarious point came when Superman was asked how long someone could be in the stocks. Batman said “100 hours!” and then Superman said, “Until you die!” The reality of it being only for a few hours was a little disappointing, but they did make sure to point out that you got to throw food at the people in the stocks.
Teaching how to give a presentation
After the presentation we figured out a few things we should have prepared the kids for, and actually taught them rather than assume they knew how to give a presentation.
1. Make them write out what they want to say, especially the older kids. Also have them prepare note cards or something similar to help them give their presentation.
2. Make sure they’ve rehearsed their presentation out loud, not just take their word for it.
3. Prepare visual aids better. The boys’ presentation worked well, but Princess’ kept trying to fall off. Towards that, double check glue, practice presenting your visuals. It was hard for the kids to say what they wanted.
4. Did I mention practice? This time emphasize making eye contact. Some of the bigger kids kept their eyes glued to their notes, and never looked at the audience. That is a very bad habit.
5. Assign out the topics to avoid overlap when you have several kids. At least we got one thing right on our first try.
Any suggestions for better presentation for our kids? This was their first time giving presentations, and overall they did good, but we could see some room for improvement.
Now, head on over to All Things Beautiful for some more history/geography projects.