Speech & Theatre
Boost your child’s vocal abilities through public speaking, debate and elocution.
Books on Stage
Students will listen to and see the illustrations from a book read by the teacher. They will then discuss what is happening in the book and prepare to act it out, focusing on the plot and characters. Children are not expected to know how to read for this class.
Storytelling with Objects
Through the device of using objects, 'listening' to what the objects have to 'say' and then sharing their object's 'stories', kids will reveal layers about themselves and their lives. The exercises help them to introspect and pay attention to their own ideas and emotions. Building upon these stories using different mediums, participants will find forms to express their feelings in cathartic ways. The sessions will focus on each participant exploring their own imagination in a laboratory-like setting – through listening and building empathy for others.
Debate Camp: Level 1
Students will learn how to form arguments, listen to their opponents, develop critical thinking skills, and discern the difference between reliable and unreliable sources for evidence. They will learn the basics of argumentation, some advanced debate techniques, and participate in a mini-tournament. This will allow students to learn to speak to a diversity of different people in order to learn how to adapt their arguments to the audience they are speaking to. No prior debate experience is required to participate. Each class will include both a short lecture followed by an activity to help students learn the skill being taught during the lecture portion of class.
Conversational English: Space Explorers
In this course students will learn to talk about space exploration, astronauts, our solar system, and fun facts about our planets. Through verbal games and activities, students will develop pre-reading skills and build on their knowledge of the alphabet. Also, they will develop descriptive language skills all in the context of learning about space.
Public Speaking Stars: World Talk
In this speaking-focused class, students will learn about the world through fun communication games. Young learners will practice having collaborative conversations with peers as they identify the main ideas in texts and boost their self-confidence by having meaningful discussions about global landscapes, wildlife, cultures, and traditions. Start widening your child’s world perspective at a young age and provide them the opportunity to become a true global citizen!
Public Speaking Stars: Senior
Set your child up for success with our new program focused on giving great presentations, mastering a variety of rhetorical devices and learning to tackle different types of speeches. Boost their confidence so that they can succeed in school and in the real world. In this 12-week course students will learn about informative, persuasive, and narrative speeches. The objectives for this course are grounded on the 'Listening & Speaking' Common Core Standards for grades 4 to 6.
Public Speaking Stars: Improv Games
In this class students will gain self-confidence, improve their presentation skills, and use their body language to convey ideas to an audience. By learning all about impromptu speaking through games and activities, students will learn early on how to handle unexpected situations and use their voice to shine. The objectives for this course are grounded on the 'Listening & Speaking' Common Core Standards for grades 2 to 3.
'Alice In Wonderland' on Stage
In this course, children will immerse themselves in the world of theatre while working on the magical story of the 'Alice in Wonderland'. Children will get the opportunity to read through and play different roles and dissect the amazing, nuanced characters of this all time favorite story. This theatre immersion program will end with the group performing the play for their families. Students will learn how to create a character through observation, experience and imagination. By playing a character, they will also learn about movement, voice modulation and behavior.
The Story Begins with Me
So many adults are hesitant, even fearful, of standing in front of a group for any reason. Students of this course will have an advantage because they will learn basic skills that can be build on as they grow older and are called upon to speak to individuals, small and large groups. During the first class students will describe themselves on paper and then read them aloud. From there we will move on to writing and reading a brief speech about a chosen topic. Students will then have the opportunity to select a poem and read it aloud, and finally act out a character monologue.
Socio Emotional Learning: Big Feelings
In this interactive Social-Emotional Learning class, students will explore aspects of kindness, empathy, worry, anger and self acceptance. Each lesson will focus on one Big Idea or Feeling using varied mediums, such as - puppets, songs, stories, games, and craft projects. This course taps into children’s inherent resilience and creativity to allow for constructive problem solving and self-expression.
Improvisation for Beginners
Students will be introduced to the basics of improvisation techniques, where they will explore being quick-witted and fast-footed - creating situations, characters, dialogues and plots extempore using their imagination. With fun-filled theatre games and invigorating exercises, the participants will learn to trust and work with their instincts, understand rhythm and comic timing, group dynamics, leading and following, and listening.
Debate Camp: Level 2
Students will learn advanced argumentation tactics and bring their skills to the next level. Students will learn about opportunity costs, procedural argumentation, disadvantages, and critical philosophy. These lectures are designed to help students learn how to better listen to their opponents, develop critical thinking skills, and discern the difference between reliable and unreliable sources for evidence. By the end of the week students will have developed their public speaking skills, logical reasoning, as well as their ability to listen to and understand others.
Debate Camp: Level 3
In this program students will learn advanced debate techniques, which include both philosophical and political ways to approach argumentation. This class includes both the advanced debate and argumentation courses. Each class will include both a short lecture followed by an activity to help students learn the skill being taught during the lecture portion of class. Students will learn how to form arguments, listen to their opponents, develop critical thinking skills, and discern the difference between reliable and unreliable sources for evidence. This will allow students to learn to speak to a diversity of different people in order to learn how to adapt their arguments to the audience they're speaking to. By the end of the week students will have developed their public speaking skills, logical reasoning, as well as their ability to listen to and understand others.
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