Show and Tell

More and more children are having to give a Show and Tell at school and a lot of children struggle with this.

What are you going to talk about in your show and tell?

Decide what you are going to take to school to show. It could be something you collect, your favourite toy or anther object from your home.

Make notes

Make some notes. Start by describing what you have. Don't assume that the people listening will know anything about it. Tell them what it looks like, explain if it does anything and if so how it works. Finish by saying why you like it.

In the photo above I have a book of Dinosaur postcards. So explain that it is a book. Then tell people it is full of Dinosaur pictures - perhaps pick out your favourite Dinosaur and say why it is your favourite. You could then explain that every page is a postcard and you could also explain what a postcard is. It's a crad that you send in the pst and you don't need to put it in an envelope and you usually buy them and send them when you are on holiday. You could tell your listeners how many are in the book and where you got it from - was it a present or did you buy it.

Practice out loud

Practice your talk out loud so many times that you can almost say it without having to look at any notes.

Remember to speak slowly and open your mouth so that the sounds can get out. You want your classmates to be able to hear you and they need time to take in what you've said.

In the photo below we have a small teddy. Tell people it is a teddy and say what colour it is. What colour are it's eyes, what does it feel like - is it soft - do you cuddle it. Has the teddy got a name and describe what it is holding in it's hand - a pink flower which is yellow  in the middle and has a green stem.

Good communication is essential in life

If your child can speak clearly and confidently they will have a distinct advantage at school which will help them achieve higher passes in their exams. Interviews for schools, colleges, universities and eventually jobs are so much easier if your child knows how to speak clearly.

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