How the Mosleys tackle our CC Presentations

21 Sep

I love that my boys are responsible for a weekly Presentation with Classical Conversations. When I first found out that this was a weekly requirement, I was a nervous wreck . My knees were shaking, and with fear and trepidation, I broke the news to my oldest 2 boys: “You will have to do a 2-3 minute presentation each week in CC.” I braced myself for weeping and gnashing of teeth coming forth from the bodies of 2 young Mosley men. However, they replied, “Okay!” and quickly started telling me about everything they wanted to share in class. Whoa! I was not prepared for that! With 2 weeks of CC under our belts, I’ve been pleasantly surprised at their eagerness to do the Presentations. There have been some instances of weeping and gnashing of teeth, though, lest you think I have perfectly compliant, eager-beaver students. Practicing in preparation for Mondays and getting them reined in to focus on only ONE topic each week has been, well, challenging an opportunity of growth and character development for all (including Momma!) in the Mosley home. šŸ™‚

I thought it might be helpful to see how we’ve been putting together our presentations. We just finished our work on Presentation #3, and this system seems to be working. So, we’re going with it! If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, right??!?!?

The beloved, folded paper

A fellow tutor from our Community gave me this idea. She said that it worked well for her 6 year old last year, so I thought we’d try it our first week. It’s really helped my boys, who are ages 5 and 7, so we’re sticking to it. šŸ™‚

Fold a sheet of paper in half, hot dog style, and then fold it into thirds. When you open it, you’ll have 6 rectangles. My boys use the first rectangle for their Introduction. “My name is John Martin. Today, I will tell you about my favorite Greek god, Ares.” (Ares, is the god of war. Any question as to why this is my son’s favorite?!?!?) The last square my boys use for the Conclusion. They usually draw a ? in the rectangle to remind them to ask questions. The Conclusion is when they show any visual aid(s) to the class that they’ve brought. John Martin drew a picture of Ares to show to his classmates for Monday. (“This is a picture that I drew of Ares, and I wanted to show it to you. This concludes my presentation on Ares. Are there any questions?”).

The next task is to figure out how to fill in the remaining 4 rectangles. For my 5 year old, I let him draw pictures of what he wants to tell his classmates. I’ve been pleasantly surprised at how his drawings jog his little mind regarding what he is going to say. šŸ™‚ He’s so proud of his work! (If I could only get him to slow down as he presents it! ha!)

For my 7 year old, we go into greater detail with this step. His tutor encourages the children in his class to speak for 2 minutes. My husband said that John Martin’s first presentation was 30 seconds, so we had to bulk it up for week 2. Here’s what we did.

When all else fails, the dry erase board is my best friend
For my 7 year old, I draw the 6-rectangled grid on the dry erase board for him as seen above. I fill in the Introduction and Conclusion rectangles for him. I, then, help him try to summarize the information that he wants to convey into the remaining 4 squares. He’s 7, so I help him come up with the categories. I write one in each rectangle, and then, he tells me what he wants to tell his classmates about those particular categories. I will plug in the information into the rectangle, and we repeat this until we’re finished with all four. I, then, have him practice his presentation based on the information on the dry erase board. This lets me see if it’s an appropriate length of time, and it allows him to see if there is additional information he would like to include. Here’s what our completed dry erase board looked like today.

He, then, transfers the information to his 6-rectangled sheet of paper in a way that is memorable to him. I’ve been surprised as the “systems” he comes up with to remember the information. He usually puts the first letter of each piece of information, and he remembers the information from that. I never would’ve thought of that! Here’s what his beloved piece of paper looked like completed.

Presentation Prep Thursdays
As a parent, the other side of the Presentations has been trying to determine when to work “Presentation Prep” into our week. I hate putting things off to the last minute; I turn into a Stress Monster. Everyone in my home doesn’t like the Stress Monster (neither do I, for that matter!). I also hate doing school work over the weekend, so my goal has been to figure out a time in our weekly rhythm of school to incorporate Presentation Prep. My goal each week is to do this on Thursday. This is a day that we’re usually home, and I like it because it gives me time before the weekend to have the boys practice their Presentation. The nightmare in the back of my mind has been that I would put this off until Sunday and then scrambling to help them get their Presentations together. Remember the Stress Monster? He would definitely be appearing if I did this. Some folks can do that (I’m secretly envious!), but I can’t. šŸ˜¦ Working on the Presentations mid-week has worked well for us the past 3 weeks, so I think we’ll keep with that system. šŸ™‚ It’s also worked nicely on Sunday nights for a quick review before CC on Monday morning. We tell the boys to get out their Presentation Papers, do a quick run through before the family, and they’re good to go!

Hope this helps! Anyone have any Presentation Prep ideas! I would LOVE to hear them! šŸ™‚

4 Responses to “How the Mosleys tackle our CC Presentations”

  1. Carrie Koppin August 23, 2014 at 6:48 pm #

    Thank you for sharing your heart and how your family incorporates CC into your home school day! You blog is encouraging. Thank you!

    • Suzanne Shares August 23, 2014 at 10:44 pm #

      well, you are too sweet! so humbled to hear that my blog is encouraging your family along your homeschooling journey! šŸ™‚ thank you for commenting! have a great CC year!! God bless!!


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