I LOVED speech and debate when I was in high school. I think the critical thinking skills and the necessity to respond in the moment are life skills that are difficult to learn elsewhere. If you would like this type of opportunity for your student, here is an opportunity to build their enthusiasm and get an inside look at a speech and debate tournament.
From Lisa Lueken the NCFCA Illinois State Representative:
Speech and Debate Tournament – University of St. Francis
On March 4-6, 2013 several hundred homeschool students will gather at the University of St. Francis, Joliet, Illinois, for a three day speech and debate tournament. We need several hundred judges! Our students love to have homeschool parents as judges because you give excellent feedback! It’s a 2 1/2 to 3-hour time commitment which includes a brief orientation, the speech or debate round and refreshments in our hospitality room.
To register go to www.ncfca.org and click on “Judges” in the upper right hand corner. You should see a link for “Best of the Mid-West” after clicking on the state of Illinois. If you have any questions please contact Mary Vilim at email@example.com or (630) 466-0117. Also, please feel free to invite a friend! No experience is necessary. We are training our students to talk to people of all walks of life.
If you are a homeschooler who is considering having your student participate in speech and debate at some time in the future, we encourage you to come judge at our tournament and see what we’re about. Children who are old enough to sit still for 1 1/2 hours are welcome to come and observe.
Looks like a fantastic opportunity to jump right into this effective skill building experience.
HSVE Co-op registration is currently open. For more information, you can request to be added to www.meetup.com/hsvenrichment to download registration forms. If you have any questions, please email Tara at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Home School Village Enrichment (HSVE) Co-op is committed to providing families with a high quality, low cost enrichment program that compliments the home schooling experience and provides a safe and nurturing environment for children and their families to grow in learning and fellowship with other Christian home schoolers.
We offer classes for children in preschool through JR. High.
Times and Location:
We will be meeting on Fridays, from 9:20-2:10, at the Village Church of Bartlett for 28 weeks during the 2012-2013 school year.
Tuition & Registration Fee:
Our tuition is $270 per child for the year. Tuition is to be paid the first week of each month from September through May ($30/student/ month, which is just under $10/week).
There is also a $10 registration fee due with your completed registration forms which will cover the cost of your child’s t-shirt. All students will be required to wear this shirt with their name on it each week to classes.
Extra Class Fees:
Some of our classes also have an extra fee in addition to the tuition. Extra fees will be paid in two installments. Half of your child’s fees will be due with your registration and the other half will be due in January.
You can see a full list of our classes by going to the MORE section and clicking on FILES. Then choose “2012-2013 Class descriptions”.
We are committed to keeping our class sizes small to ensure optimal learning opportunities for all the students. Class sizes will range from 6 to 12 students, depending on the class.
Classes are filled on a first come first serve basis.
Once a class is filled, subsequent enrollments will be placed on a waiting list.
The volunteer time commitment will be one week on, two weeks off, or about 9 weeks out of 28 unless you are teaching a class. If you would like to help more or less than this, arrangements can be made on an individual basis (i.e. clean up help from 2-2:20 each week, fundraising coordination and processing from home, paying another mom to cover your volunteer time at $10/day, etc.). You will be contacted after your registration has been processed so we can find a volunteer position that best fits your time and talents. Childcare is provided free of charge for teachers and volunteers.