When first starting our journey into homeschooling, my husband came across a set of McGuffy’s Eclectic Readers. He insisted these should be an active part of our home school routine and he was absolutely correct.
While oral reading, in-and-of itself, has a multitude of benefits, I think it might be time to take this to the next level… video recording!
Using our handy-dandy camcorder, we can collect each of the children’s oral reading sessions, reports, and presentations. Then the real fun begins….
Each week, these “sessions” will be played for all of us to watch. We will go through them together, assessing each one. Here are some things we will look for:
- Clear Articulation
- Correct Posture
- Voice Projection
- Appropriate Speed (not too slow or too fast)
- Dramatic Inflection (if needed)
- Recording Quality (lighting, setting, and camera angles)
All of us will be on the lookout for ways of improving each presentation. To be helpful, we will list three things that we think need improvement and three things which were done well. The children will not only evaluate each other’s work, but will evaluate their own.
Our hope is that by continuing these recordings throughout the year (and probably the years to come) the children will better learn the art of a good presentation. Not to mention all the fun of learning how to use recording equipment and digital editing.
So… Lights, Camera, Action!
What are you looking for in a good presentation?