Our home school group PEACH offers a public speaker's club for teens. It is organized by a Master Toastmasters member under the guidelines of Junior Toastmasters. It has been a great experience for Abigail.
In elementary school she and Caleb participated in the DFW Speech Club until PEACH offered a similar program. This is the fourth year Abigail has participated, and completed all five required speeches.
We have exceeded the graduation school requirements for public speaking but I feel it is a life skill she will use. The things she learns here she can apply to those college interviews, job interviews, presenting papers in college, or teaching a Bible Class.
So many lessons can be learned from how to write and prepare your thoughts. The kids also have to sign a waiver that the material they are presenting is their work and not plagiarized from another source, it's a great lesson in honesty and integrity. The kids have also worked on tone an non-verbal cues. Again, some times you can say all the right things but your facial expressions or tone are sending a different message.
The girl still smiles though every speech, she's a happy child. She probably talks with her hands way too much, but she inherited that from me. But she has a wit and charm about her quirky self that I love to hear her stories.
Therefore, having put away falsehood, let each one of you speak the truth with his neighbor, for we are members one of another. Ephesians 4:25