Put the SFX Speech Festival, April 8 and 9, on your radar screen as a key learning element.
3 reasons why.
1) Memory. Memorizing proverbs, poems, prayers, psalms, stories, jokes and nursery rhymes builds mental strength. (Parents should do the memory work too!)
2) Decision making. Choose what to memorize. Be careful what you choose to put in your brain and in your child’s brain. Some things, even though funny, should be pruned out of mind, not put into memory. Nursery Rhymes form part of the rhythm of English and are part of culture.
3) Presentation. How to say what one chooses to say. This is the easiest and the most intimate part:
ii) pacing (some parts fast, some slow);
iii) pitch (some parts high, some parts low);
iv) volume (some parts loud, some parts whispered);
v) emotional content (happy, sad, angry, surprised, flat).
Thinking. Pondering. Why are we working to improve our speaking? Winning a place in the festival, being chosen to represent one’s class, would be an honour. Thinking critically with one’s family about what to say and how to say it will be priceless.
Resources In libraries one finds nursery rhymes at 398 and poems at 808.81 and 811 among other places; psalms (242), proverbs (221), and jokes (808.88). Use the subject heading ‘Stories in Rhyme’ to find stories which are like poems. To meet the time requirements of the festival, modify: cut out parts, repeat or embellish. One must have the original for the festival but it can be modified if the adjudicators are notified beforehand.
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