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Homeschool Speech and Debate - Outside the Box

One of the great things about homeschooling is that you can tailor your school to meet the needs and interests of your students.  To do that, you need to think outside the box a little bit.  Once you do that, all things are possible!   Even speech and debate!
I have another question for you.  Are there ways outside of a school setting to get a child involved in a debate club or with public speaking, other than in a church setting?  I am looking for more of a debate setting where they will be forced to compose arguments and think on their feet, not just give a prepared speech.
~Judy

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Speech and debate can be done in group settings with some of the following ideas and organizations:

  • American Legion Boys State

  • TeenPact

  • YMCA Youth & Government

  • National High School Mock Trial

  • Speeches as part of college scholarship applications; e.g. Veterans of Foreign Wars, Elks Club

  • Speeches as part of an adult group:  Toastmasters

  • Speeches as part of regular activities:  teaching a class to small or large groups

  • Debate with a local homeschool group; google your city, and the words "homeschool debate"

  • Develop a group of teens to discuss current events, perhaps all listening to the same talk radio show prior to meetings


You can also study about debate during the "down time" when not actively involved in a group.  Some of the more popular programs include:

Practice can be achieved by regularly memorizing and presenting prepared speeches to friends and family.  Perhaps weekly you could ask the student to memorize scripture, poetry, or famous speeches from the past.

Memorize famous poems to tie in with your study of American or British Literature.  My favorite source is
A Treasury of Poetry for Young People

Memorize famous American speeches to tie in with your study of American History or American Government
Famous American Speeches: A Multimedia History, 1850 To The Present (CD-ROM)

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Guest - Karen on Saturday, 11 April 2015 07:52

4H has speech and debating clubs

4H has speech and debating clubs
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Guest - Assistant to The HomeScholar on Wednesday, 15 April 2015 09:21

Good point, Karen!
The monthly 4-H meetings alone are a good education in parliamentary procedure.
Robin
Assistant to The HomeScholar

Good point, Karen! The monthly 4-H meetings alone are a good education in parliamentary procedure. Robin Assistant to The HomeScholar
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Guest - Lee (website) on Monday, 08 October 2012 08:58

Dear Kelly,

You don't have to take speech and debate in high school. If you do take speech and debate, you don't have to compete. You can take the class and participate in classroom speeches, without the pressure of competition.

Blessings,
Lee

Dear Kelly, You don't have to take speech and debate in high school. If you do take speech and debate, you don't have to compete. You can take the class and participate in classroom speeches, without the pressure of competition. Blessings, Lee
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Guest - Kelly on Monday, 08 October 2012 02:09

Does my daughter have to comepte in a speech and debate ompetetion to earn her credit for high school for the class, or can she ust take it and earn the credit?

Does my daughter have to comepte in a speech and debate ompetetion to earn her credit for high school for the class, or can she ust take it and earn the credit?
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Guest - Loralee on Tuesday, 14 June 2011 12:23

STOA is now in many states. Here is the link for it:
http://www.stoausa.org/

We were in it this past year, and it was WONDERFUL! Challenging, well-rounded, and above all, CHRISTIAN!

STOA is now in many states. Here is the link for it: http://www.stoausa.org/ We were in it this past year, and it was WONDERFUL! Challenging, well-rounded, and above all, CHRISTIAN!
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Guest - Sonja on Tuesday, 29 September 2009 13:33

Another great resource for debate is the National Chrisian Forensics and Communications Association (http://www.NCFCA.org). They offer 2 kinds of debate: Team Policy and Lincoln-Douglas Values debate. If you live in California, check out http://www.STOACA.org.

Another great resource for debate is the National Chrisian Forensics and Communications Association (www.NCFCA.org). They offer 2 kinds of debate: Team Policy and Lincoln-Douglas Values debate. If you live in California, check out www.STOACA.org.
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Guest - Michelle on Tuesday, 29 September 2009 05:21

I would like to add The Institute for Cultural Communicators. Here is a link to their website: http://www.instituteforculturalcommunicators.org/meeticc . On their "Store" page you can download a Scope and Sequence for second grade through high school.

I would like to add The Institute for Cultural Communicators. Here is a link to their website: http://www.instituteforculturalcommunicators.org/meeticc . On their "Store" page you can download a Scope and Sequence for second grade through high school.
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