At Head Start Public Speaking for Kids, it is all about fun and encouragement. Your child will be challenged to reach for their full potential but no one will ever be forced to speak. We have seen kids who couldn’t even look up from the floor for the first two months go on to MC final events and kids whose parents “made me come here” laugh and make friends in class and go on to learn how much potential they have.
Your child does not need any speaking experience. Head Start has worked with everyone from complete beginners to experienced speakers wanting to improve. Choose from after school classes, or 12 week workshops for school and organizations and one day work/playshops.
After school public speaking classes run from in 3 locations: North Vancouver, West Vancouver, and the Sunshine Coast (Gibsons/Sechelt). Classes have a maximum of 15 students and run for 75 minutes each. Classes run in two terms: from September – January, and February – May. Each term is 16 weeks in length and includes a final presentation night that happens twice per year. Term 1 presentation is in January and Term 2 happens in May.
In our after school classes your child will receive the newly published “Speaking Tips For Awesomeness” book which will be an invaluable tool and will work out of the Handbook For Awesomeness manual in years one and two and the Advanced Handbook For Awesomeness manual in years three and four. All speeches are recorded via private youtube link and evaluated so you can watch their progress. There are two Public Presentations per year.
If a family has more than one child in the program, we offer a 10 % discount.
Our 12 week public speaking workshops are provided in schools, for youth groups and home school groups. Kids will learn how to introduce themselves with a good handshake, the importance of eye contact, body language and confidence. We will discuss sharing who they are and what’s important to them, talk about fear and how to overcome it and learn how to tell a good story.
A wonderful side bar to this is that every teacher we have worked with so far has remarked on how much closer kids feel to each other after this program. Classmates learn things about each other that they never knew before and it engenders compassion for each other.
In our 12 week public speaking workshop your child will create 3 presentations and choose their favourite from each of these to deliver in front of a live audience at the program’s completion. First and last presentations will be recorded so you can see their progress. Your child will receive the newly published “Speaking Tips For Awesomeness” book and will also learn to speak extemporaneously, expand vocabulary and learn how to listen more effectively.
If more than one workshop is booked for the same day, we offer a 10% discount.
Our one day work/playshops are a great introduction to public speaking and improv. Kids will learn how to introduce themselves, to maintain eye contact, confident body language and the basics of crafting a dynamic and authentic presentation. And improv games help us learn to think on the spot and dispel anxiety! Suitable for grades 4 & up.
In our workshops your child will receive the newly published “Speaking Tips For Awesomeness” book, and also feedback on their strengths and positive suggestions on how to improve. In our one day work/playshops your child will go home with a written and edited “Who Am I?” speech – a great foundation on which to build!