As a parent, calm your children’s nerves before they make an oral report by giving them a few pointers during the writing process.

Kids should be excited about their subject. When they are, their enthusiasm will capture their audience.

The report needs a purpose. They have to determine if they are informing their audience, persuading them to take their point of view or entertaining them. Even though they may know plenty about their subject, they need to research it and organize their thoughts.

Sentence structure is important, too.

They need to be short; It’s easier for the audience to follow.

Hit the key points in the introduction, expand on them a bit then repeat them again in the conclusion. When the report is finished on paper, have them present in front of you.

It will boost their confidence. Remind them that it’s okay to be nervous after all their classmates are in the same boat.

Resource: National Geographic Kids Almanac 2010


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