Using Experiments to Write a Speech (any age): Experiments with Easy-to-Make Objects are Fun!
The best speech topics often focus on a “show and tell” aspect that keeps the attention of the audience.
I still remember being completely enthralled when building a solar-powered radio with my dad. The radio was comprised of a wooden cigar box, mica, and a few other components and, lo and behold, it worked using the light on my bedside stand! I would fall asleep listening to all kinds of things and couldn’t WAIT to show and explain my “solar radio” to my friends and classmates.
Not only do some projects wind around to great speeches but the excitement of the presenter/speaker creates an enthusiastic air in a roomful of people. Such speeches are delightful and have the added bonus of creating a memory shared by a parent and child.
Yes, Speeches are ‘Show and Tell’
“Show and Tell” was the mainstay for many of us during our elementary school years. We brought something to talk about and wrote about what we had to say about it.
Today, the best speeches use likely takeoff’s such as the use of a specimen, a PowerPoint show to show statistics or a whole host of other visual effects to make the point of their speeches—especially those that are geared toward being persuasive. It’s a “Show Me” world and, especially with persuasive speeches, one cannot discount the use of visual aids to make their point.
I don’t know what happened during the course of the years but many children became ‘speechless’ when told they had to give a speech. Speeches for children should remain “Show and Tell” and rightly so: to remove the connotation of talking about something out of thin air without a prop.
After all, ‘speeches’ are nothing the same thing as ‘presentations’ and both use “Show and Tell” to be effective.
The Best Speeches Come from a Child’s Heart
Don’t write the speech for your child but do take an active part in listening, helping to refine it, and help your child practice without fear of ‘being dumb’. The greatest gift you can give your child is to allow them to openly express themselves and correct when and if the language is off-kilter or could be embarrassing to the audience.
A child, through innocence, is exposed to so much ‘darkness’ through the news and other inputs. Can you help your child realize a positive outcome or solution to a situation affecting your community?
Does the adoption of kittens and puppies appeal to your child? Even if you cannot own one, children can identify the need for other living things being taken care of: with heart, warmth, and food. Can your child help to raise awareness of animal cruelty?
What is the Scope of Your Child’s Ambition?
“Scope” is a word used to describe not only a goal, but the observation of the outcome—and playing a role in it.
If your son or daughter likes excavation, collection of rocks and history, then explore that. What are your native plants and how has your area developed in the last one hundred years? Great speeches perk up the mind and make people think about the present and future. After all, the future comes from us that we pass down.
The Best Speeches by Children are Often Quite Funny
More than a few young girls have waltzed into their schoolroom with a pillow under their dresses.
And those same girls proceeded to talk about how they were getting a new brother or sister. While that could be of concern to many parents, the children have told their stories in such a cute and funny way, that adults were chuckling and applauding them.
Many “just is life” topics can be used for great speeches by little ones. Many of these stories have been featured in Time Life and Reader’s Digest: “Out of the Mouth of Babes.”
Help your child to decide on a speech and have him or her give you a demonstration. Be cautious when criticizing, however: Let your child show a part of the world from his/her own eyes’.
It’s not YOUR speech. Your child’s best speech will come from their soul.
The best speeches from elementary and middle school children come from the heart that is focused on what interests them as well as their concerns. You can take a monumental speech such as saving the forest and turning it into “Let’s Save Paper So the Trees aren’t Cut Down.”