P1 Show & Tell

Primary schools that do away with exams for P1 students have implemented Show & Tell and Written Expression as formative assessments. Our children can be prepared for both the above activities much easier than we credit them for. Here are a couple of stuff i did with my daughter. Hope these can be suggestions for your children’s future preparation…

Topics for show and tell were given in advance somewhere 3 to 4 weeks prior to the actual session. Parents are encouraged to help prepare their children for it. The children will not be allowed to read from any notes or cue cards that may have been prepared from home. The session has to be done spontaneously… which means NO last minute prepz please!

General topics across schools would be :

1. My Family

2. My Favourite Toy

3. My Favourite Food (etc)

My daughter chose My Family for show and tell. We looked through some recent family photographs and she picked out one picture of our recent holiday trip… she says since she was going to speak about her family, it was imperative that the eventual photograph selected must have all four of us (family members) in it. I blew up the picture and had it laminated for her actual session.

While some parents prepare their children for Show & Tell by writing down their own simple points or the sentences that they have come up with for their children… there are parents like me who like to get the kiddies down to the preparation work. To be involved in the process. It’s like research work for their own project.

We start by mind mapping what are the areas she wanted to cover / talk about. ie. Number of people in the family, the roles and responsibilities of each family member, favourite hobby of each family member, (etc)… Next up, we expand and brainstorm on those areas with more details / information.

She wrote her own piece and i also encouraged her to use her own words as much as possible. I guided her with extra bits here and there for the added punch line. We also added some hand gestures to make it look like story telling / sharing instead of a straight rod speech.

Here is a brief account of what she prepared for her Show & Tell.

“Hello teachers and my fellow friends..

Today, i am going to talk about my family. (Pointing to the family photograph) My family consists of 4 people. There is my father, my mother, my elder sister and I. My father is the head of the family… No no no.. not this head! (Pointing to her own head! Hahaa!) A head of the family means, that my father is the leader of the house. As a leader of the house, he takes care of the family by going out to work to find money. He pays the bills and buys food for us. Other than taking care of the family my father also likes to bring us for family holidays which i really love. I enjoy all our family holidays. I wish we can go again soon. My father likes to jog in his free time and it keeps him healthy and strong.

Next is my mother. My mother used to work as a nurse and a teacher. But now she stays home to take care of all of us. She always cooks my favourite food and she is a lovely cook too! My mother teaches me at home. Her teaching is never boring. It’s more like playing games and i love to learn with her. It is very fun spending time with my mother. My mother also takes time to volunteer with underprivileged children. I helped too when she let me. I am very lucky to have my mother take care of me and the whole house.

This is my elder sister (pointing to the photograph). She is great at playing the violin. She plays with me sometimes when she has finished all her homework. I like playing with her. My sister bullies me sometimes, but i still love her very much.

Finally, there is me… I am the youngest in my family and also the smallest. But i am also definitely the cutest! I am learning to play the piano. It is not easy but i still like to learn it. I like to learn with my mother, doing challenging maths, interesting craft work and painting. I like to play games too! I like free online games best. I get to play the games once in awhile when my parents allow me to. I can be very playful and mischievous at times and make people frustrated, but i know they still love me. I love my family very much!

Thank you.”

When the final cue cards (i let her use lined exam cards for her prepz) have been checked a few times over, it came for the time to practise it live. We blu-tacked the photograph on the wall and she practised a few times presenting her Show & Tell session in front of the mirror. As we rehearsed and fine-tuned the entire session together she became more confident and even managed to memorize most of it. While the sentences she used in her practice sessions may not be in the “exact” order as pe the cue cards she prepared, majority of the details were included and she also swapped some of them to her own words when she got those momentary mental block occasions. I assured her that it was ok… as long as she gets the gist of it… it’s fine.

Next, we recorded one of her best sessions using the laptop / netbook’s webcam and asked her to evaluate herself.. well… we saw lotsa fidgeting, shaking and the usual nervous reactions when one has to stand and speak their thoughts aloud.

She was able to see herself in action and understood what needed to be improved on; come the actual day. She was all hyped up before she left school on Show & Tell Day. Somehow what she prepared didn’t turn out the way it was or how she pictured it… she seemed a little disappointed with her performance. She claimed that she got mental block a few times and paused unlike her practice sessions with me at home. With much coaxing, she related what she could recall from her session. She thought she could have done better. I hugged her and told her… “While you may have done this in preschool where there were lesser kids and less stress… this is the first time you are doing it in P1. And that was a very good effort. I am very proud of you. With this experience, you will now know what can be done different or better the next time around. I think you did well.. in fact to tell you a secret, your jie-jie used to tell me she really had to do big business just before any performance on stage or in class! So you did good… and you really did the best you could. You will do fine.”

She managed a chuckle and a giggle at the end of my heart to heart talk with her and before she went for her shower, she said to me… “Thanks for helping me Mom, i know i can do better the next time! And this time no mental blocks.. na-aah..”

I love my angelic little monkey.

tks for sharing

tks for sharing

Insightful

Thanks for the detailed writeup! It is very insightful & great advice for parents who are figuring out how to prepare Show & Tell in school 🙂

Great...

Great…

very clear explanation. Thank you for sharing…

Show & Tell Courses?

Seems like most parents find Show & Tell challenging. Now I am worried about mine because his current preschool doesn’t prepare them for this and he is going to primary one next year! Does anyone know if there is any courses or programs in the northern side of Singapore that teach the children presentation/Show & Tell? Appreciate any input and feedback. TIA!

Help with show and tell : ujju

 

Quote ujju, "Hi i need helf for preparing show & tell for my daughter she is in class 2 the matter should be minimum 10 lines."

Hi ujju, share the topic given and we can brainstorm here. 🙂

 

show & tell

 Hi i need helf for preparing show & tell for my daughter she is in class 2 the matter should be minimum 10 lines.

 

Help! P1 Show & Tell - Pets

Hi all,

 

i need help to prepare the show & tell for my P1 girl term 3 topic – Pets, it is graded…. headache….

 

Thanks

How did it go?

Heyya there elisammom, you are most welcome. 🙂 How did your child’s show and tell turn out?

My Favourite Attire

Heyya there, Essential! 🙂

Lemme know his favourite attire so mebbe I can help?
Ideally, it should be something he owns/has since he needs to bring it to show his teachers and friends during presentation. When’s the show & tell going to be done?

Show and tell

 Hi need help too for preparing p1 show and tell . Topic is my favorite attire! Any ideas . Look forward to the sharing 

Great Resource!

Thanks for sharing… I am in the midst of preparing for my DS Show and Tell… in P1…

Topic is My favourite animal… and his favourite animal is dinosaur….

yes, next yr my turn to bite

yes, next yr my turn to bite fingers, pulling hair

Early prepz..

Quote minnie2004, "Ah so you were a nurse AND a teacher before, a perfect mother material . Your hubby does have v good foresight!"

Was..

But naah.. dun think he even thought of it that way

"Didn’t know P1 show and tell is so demanding! It’s like making a formal presentation in front of the class! Hard to imagine for me to do that when I was in P1 . Currently both my kids are in speech and drama classes and they have to bring something to show & tell every week. It’s nothing serious but hopefully can help them build up confidence speaking in front of others. So I guess I’m doing the right thing by preparing them early then."

It won’t BE demanding if practice comes early and steadily. Such exposure i find helps build public speaking skills… i loike! The fact that DD2 is great at it is a bonus as it helps push up the grades. Hehee.. But hey yes.. you’re doin’ the right thing preparing them early. Good S & D classes are considered early preps as well. Cheers!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Quote WCW, "Thanks for

Quote WCW, "Thanks for sharing :)"

You’re welcome. Your turn coming soon.. nx year your DS will be in P1 issit?

Thanks for sharing :)

Thanks for sharing 🙂

Ah so you were a nurse AND

Ah so you were a nurse AND a teacher before, a perfect mother material . Your hubby does have v good foresight!

Didn’t know P1 show and tell is so demanding! It’s like making a formal presentation in front of the class! Hard to imagine for me to do that when I was in P1 . Currently both my kids are in speech and drama classes and they have to bring something to show & tell every week. It’s nothing serious but hopefully can help them build up confidence speaking in front of others. So I guess I’m doing the right thing by preparing them early then

 

wow, That's a lot of hard

wow, That’s a lot of hard work from you and your child.

I admire you as a mother and teacher!

really enjoy reading your article.

Spread out exam dates..

Quote mrslimJW, "Hi Buds,"

Hi to you too, mrslimJW..

"Thanks for sharing. Too bad, only today I login and read your article."

You are very welcome..

"Today my son has show and tell. Hope that he is doing fine."

I hope your son does well too, mrslimJW. No worries though, cos Show & Tell would eventually amount to a small percent of the entire score for English Language. That said, if a child can do well for Show & Tell, it sure will boost the overall score. With early and sufficient preparation, this non-written area of testing/assessment can be considered a bonus… no studying needed; only practice and also encouraging our children to speak proper English, with or without Show & Tell assessment.

"I thought that his speech is a bit long for his age but I realised that yours is even longer."

Hahaa! That was what we thought too. Most of the ideas were hers. I only helped to fill in the gaps. It is better if the ideas come from the children, cos they can remember their own ideas better than the ones we impose. Hehee.. Wow, your son’s presentation is long too? He must have many ideas as well! As long as the presentation is done in the proper order and sequence, there is clarity in his voice, no use of Singlish, shows confidence and has good content, he should do fine overall.. The good thing about a lotta content is that should they get mental blocks, they can still go for other ideas/content they can recall. If children have less content, they will get stuck more easily when they pause.. usually too, the more they pause the more the ideas go poof. Hence i can never over-emphasize the need for sufficient practice sessions. 

"Poor kids. Find that kids have more stress compare to our time."

Yah, agree. I find that during our time, most of what we needed to know and needed to learn was by paying attention in class at all times. Not much separate study or preparation time was required for exams. And during our time we had all the CAs and SAs too!

"On top of show and tell, he also has English Test and Chinese Test today. I wonder why are they puting everything together in 1 day :("

Oh dear, i am wondering why too!

Both my DDs’ exam or assessment dates are nicely spread out in a span of 2 weeks. 🙂

 bÜds

Show & Tell Experience

Quote jiyou2003, "Last week, DS at P1 got 2/5 for show and tell. He had never been exposed to show and tell in K2 unlike other students."

Hi jiyou2003, i do hope your DS class teacher would have at least given the students some practice time during school sessions to benefit those who have never been exposed to Show & Tell before. Hoping this experience will give him an idea of how to attempt his second one for SA2.. lemme noe if you need further assistance nearing another Show & Tell attempt, k? 

 

 

 bÜds

Show and tell

Hi Buds,

Thanks for sharing. Too bad, only today I login and read your article.

Today my son has show and tell. Hope that he is doing fine.

I thought that his speech is a bit long for his age but I realised that yours is even longer.

Poor kids. Find that kids have more stress compare to our time.

On top of show and tell, he also has English Test and Chinese Test today.

I wonder why are they puting everything together in 1 day 🙁

Show and Tell

Last week, DS at P1 got 2/5 for show and tell. He had never been exposed to show and tell in K2 unlike other students.

Fab Heads-up!

Quote daisyt, "Good work! This is exactly what IP secs are doing now and many upper pri too. Too bad, dd was not exposed to this at lower pri during her time. Only being expose during her upper pri, so it was quite OK for her when she got to do this in Sec."

Seriously?! Secondary too?

"In Sec, the teachers also get the classmates to grade the speaker and write down their comments, eg. too soft cannot hear, too fast, topic not interesting etc. The biggest challenge for them is time limit. Have to squeeze in your review on a book in 2 mins and there are certain points, one has to present. Eg. the author, the morale, your feelings blar blar blar."

Wah, lagi terok wor.. kena graded by classmates leh.. like reality contest kinda pressure, i say… A book review in 2 whole minutes! Wow! Hope by then my girls can hold their breath awrite! This is fabulous fabulous heads-up, daisyt. Thank you thank you very much for sharing this information with us… very much appreciated. This will come in handy.

DD2 and her classmates also get those constructive criticisms and further suggestions from the the form teacher during their class practice sessions. The form teacher wants the children to do their best on the actual day and have an idea of what is expected of them.

"I am sure, to start this at P1, is going to benefit our children a lot in future. :-)"

Yup, guess it sure will… 

 bÜds

Premier League.... :)

Quote Blobbi, "Tks for sharing! Your daughter sounds really chatty AND cute!"

Welcome, Blobbi! She is super chatty and yes… cute. Hee. 

"My son just mumbled, "I’ll think of something" the night before. I met the teacher today and she mentioned in passing that it wasn’t bad, but I wish I got to hear what he said!"

Yo friend, your boy is different league liao hun… He’s premier league, girl! But yes, i suppose as curious KS parents, we sure itchin’ to know what they said! I agree with that! Did ya manage to get him to tell you post-session?

 bÜds

Melt....

Quote foreverj, "hi buds, yr dd2 is so sweet :)"

Hi there foreverj buddy, long time no chat!

Hey yeah.. DD2 is sweet as sweet can be….. when she "can" be that is.

Most times, just really really mischievous. Once she said while doing her annoying jumping up and down stunts, "I’m not only mischievous, mom… i CAN even spell mischievous when i’m being mischievous too! M… I… S… C… (the whole word..)

I told hubs to take over cos i wanted to just faint for awhile. *pant pant*

"even from her speech can tell she loves u deeply and that everything u’ve been giving to her is greatly appreciated! this is truly another toouching and heart-warming sharing from u :)"

Uh-huh, yup.. sweet isn’t it? She still calls me occasionally during recess to tell me, "I’m thinking of you mom, so i thought to call you and tell you that.. and i miss you and see you later, k?"

Aaawww… melt… melt… melted.

 bÜds

NO last minute crunch!

Quote tree nymph, "Thanks buds for this very detailed sharing!"

You’re welcome, sista!

"My boy in P1 this year, doesn’t have show and tell this term yet."

Lucky for him then yeah, tree nymph.. hehee.. 🙂

"Anyway, he is an ‘everything don’t know’ boy.  So I guess I better email the teacher and ask her about this.  Better get him prepared than last minute rush. 

Thanks for the alert!"

Yikes! Yes yes! Better get in touch with the teacher and also find out if she does some practice sessions with the children in class too. Cos there will be some children who have never been exposed to Show & Tell before.

Yes, you’re right! I can never over-emphasize how IMPORTANT early prepz are in the things we do….. especially when it includes… our little ones. You are welcome and good luck, tree nymph!

 bÜds

Angelic, ehekhem.. (clearing throat)..

Quote LKVM, "Thats really cute of ur DD2 to speak and write so nicely!!"

Yes, she’s my cute little angelic monkey.

Ya know what, once i called her little monkey when i caught her and scolded her for her usual monkeying and jumping around… and she said, "Ehem! *clearing her throat*… ANGELIC… excuse me… ehekhhem…"

Aarrghh!

"u r really very lucky to have her :-)"

I’m lucky to have her? Well… yeah… kekekee..

And…. She’s so very lucky to have ME, yo LKVM! Cannot forget that part! Wuahahahaaa! She was an extremely challenging infant, toddler, child to care for… HYPERACTIVE! Read : Fidgets like mad even when doing seat work (like writing, reading & playing piano)… like there are mother ants in that bum of hers! 

 bÜds

If only...

Quote schellen, "M had her P1 show and tell last year and she was told to bring her toy. Of course, she brought Sam, her teddy bear. I didn’t have time to prepare her or anything and since she professes to be Little Miss Chatterbox, I just gave her a bag to put Sam in and reminded her to bring him on the day itself. She told me later that she just carried him and stood in front of the class and talked and talked and talked…. (you get the idea).

If only all her tests were so easy…. Sigh…."

Yes! Yes! I definitely soooooo get the idea, schellen! I have one chatterbox myself! Wuakakakaaah! If only both our DDs can talk their way through all the tests, yeah?

Hahahaaa!  

 bÜds

Early preparation = Good headstart. :)

Quote mintcc, "wow, thanks for sharing and taking us throught the process."

You’re most welcome, mintcc. 🙂

"It is amazingthat your DD2 can come out with such a nicely written piece at P1."  

As a stay home parent, time was what i had.. so i suppose that contributes to a good headstart with the girls. It is still work in progress with her (DD2) as she occasionally "still" gets her tenses mixed up. But yes, our family and friends are constantly amazed by all those ideas she gets in her head.

But believe me when i say this, mintcc… It really helps if the ideas come more from the child than those constructed by us, cos they tend to remember their ideas better than the ones we (parents) concoct. Hehee.. So for us, we are kinda fortunate that with this one (DD2)….. she never seems to run out of them (ideas)! Mwahahahaa!

Too many ideas frankly… too many "funny" ideas at times too! Aarghh!

 bÜds

Tame those butterflies!

Quote ningy, "Hi, buds, thanks for the detailed sharing. We’ve picked up some tips from ur post in preparation for my DD2’s english show n tell next term."

Hi ningy! You are very welcome! 🙂

Glad you found it useful. 

"My DD2 had her chinese show n tell in term 1.  She was very nervous too. I advised her to look at her close friends who  gave her encouragement smiles and also her ft who is always very cheerful and motherly."

Good teachers motivate children… so yes, i do understand how you feel. It helps to have teachers who inspire our children’s learning process. Nervous feelings are normal or else consider super human liao.. hehee.. it is how we tame those butterflies in our stomach that counts. Parents can also guide their children on how to handle those nerves that comes with public speaking. Can be a personal chant… a childhood calming song.. a gesture for eg. like rolling finger inside pocket.. :), or even to think of something that calms them… Different children will deal with nerves separately and we CAN help them overcome it, given practice and also….. time. 

"She did very well and came home to thank me and gave me the chocolate that her ft had rewarded her."

Aaawww.. suuweeeet ain’t it? And i’m sure you melted right away at that simple gesture of hers… Girls sure are sweet. I am happy to hear that your daughter aced it! Kudos to you (the momma) and your girl! 

 bÜds

Show & Tell sharings...

Quote janet_lee88, "My son had Show n Tell for P1 and P2."

Thanks for sharing this.. i was thinking that Show & Tell would only be for P1; followed by the usual oral examination like the norm. Well, if it is Show & Tell again for P2.. good lah. Hehee.. advantage for my DD2 since she is quite the chatterbox. That said, even if it is back to oral exam set up in P2 also good lah, cos expose them to true exam setting at earlier stage. In fact, before we knew she was going to have Show & Tell, we have gotten her to read through her jie-jie’s old Oral Book bought from Popular. I have put it up on my Tackling Oral Examination thread in the forum. 😉 I always believe in early and gradual preparation with regards to the children’s work. Mebbe also cos, my girls cannot take last minute work & the pressure that comes with it. Same goes for my husband and i lah… saves us the screaming battle that comes with last minute preparations.

It’s important for us parents to keep up with the requirements of the school and also of any new implementations to exam structure or format, set up by the school from time to time. I do however understand the constraints of full time working parents who are already terribly exhausted upon finally reaching home. So, for us.. we are thankful that though we can be busy (and may not check say; daily…), they are rather automatic with updating us with circulars from school, diary/journal updates from teachers and stuff like that. I guess the sch teachers also play a part in reminding all the students to remind their parents bah.. hehee..

"For P1, he could choose any item. I helped him prepare a short script to memorize. It was about 3 paragraphs. Everyday, he will memorize one paragraph. When he has memorized all 3, I will teach him to throw in some ‘actions’ to spice it up."

Yea.. spicing it up with hand gestures and presenting the Show & Tell expressively does help children add up to the eventual grades/assessment.

"When he was in P2, he had more confidence. It was a little harder then bcos the items given this time was not so interesting."

I suppose there ain’t much choice for the students need to also be exposed to expand ideas from bland topics as well.. PSLE topics becomes more challenging each year and exposing students earlier to such possible topic selection, helps children be prepared to think out of the box as well instead of the usual straightforward ones that they are much used to.. Well done, janet_lee88! Once again, thanks for dropping by to share your experience with all of us.

Cheerios. 🙂

 bÜds

Let you know ....

 

Hahahaha … You ain’t seen nothin yet ….

Today was only  the warm up session.   Wait for the lead in session to commence when we meet next lah ….

Anyways … will you know in 5 years time, the Show and Tell I mean

 

Kindness is a language which the deaf can hear and the blind can read – Mark Twain

 autumnbronze

Tks for sharing!

Your daughter sounds really chatty AND cute!

My son just mumbled, “I’ll think of something” the night before. I met the teacher today and she mentioned in passing that it wasn’t bad, but I wish I got to hear what he said!

My Lil' Miss Chatterbox

Quote jedamum, "for us, also 5-6 lines."

Same lar.. ours oso 5 lines minimum. Hehee.. My DD2 is one Little Miss Chatterrbox! She admits it! So, i suppose that helps A LOT! She doesn’t need prompting to speak up but she sure needs prompting to STOP talkin’! Mwahahahaaa!

"parents should gaugh how well their child can handle stage pressure cos for very shy children, less is more. gist is to inject a special point in show and tell to make it memorable, hence it is very important to choose a special item pertaining to each category."

True, jedamum. You know your child best. Parents should assist their children to work on their strengths especially for something as big as this and more so if it is their very first time doing it. It would seem like a lot of pressure.. However, since usually advance notice is given for such sessions, i would honestly encourage parents to start early to avoid the pre-session jitters. Practice really helps, whether the child is slightly more reserved or not. Class teachers are also encouraging.. so as to make the child less uncomfortable and less nervous.

"most importantly, is to instill in the child, the level of confidence for his daily dealing with his teachers so that times like these, he/she will not feel shy to speak in front of an audience."

Instilling of confidence in children does take time… hence bringing us back to the importance of early and sufficient preparation. It is good that some pre-schools expose children to such activities as well. When i was teaching, 6 children in groups of 6 will take turns each week to talk about anything they desire.. Usually they like to talk about what they did last weekend, or a new toy daddy bought or my family and stuff like that. We didn’t limit the topics at first when they were younger so that they would feel more comfortable to talk about anything that comes to mind, hence allowing the freedom to share more. For the more reserved children, teacher’s prompts will also come into play so that the child loosens up a bit.

For some children though, they tend to give one word answer for open ended questions. For example, "What did you do last weekend? Share with your friends about your outing…" Then the child would say, "Go beach." Ok… so when we’re faced with students like this we know our work is cut out for us. But it gives a whole lot of priceless satisfaction when we see these shy ones eventually coming out of their shell… slowly building the confidence and more outspoken over a period of time… the satisfaction from our relentless efforts to get the shy ones to speak up; are extremely rewarding. 

Just to add that exposure to thematic readers also help provide children with the opportunities to widen their content… since the topics given for selection may have come from thematic readers that the child has read / come across before..

 bÜds

good work!

This is exactly what IP secs are doing now and many upper pri too. Too bad, dd was not exposed to this at lower pri during her time. Only being expose during her upper pri, so it was quite OK for her when she got to do this in Sec. In Sec, the teachers also get the classmates to grade the speaker and write down their comments, eg. too soft cannot hear, too fast, topic not interesting etc. The biggest challenge for them is time limit. Have to squeeze in your review on a book in 2 mins and there are certain points, one has to present. Eg. the author, the morale, your feelings blar blar blar.

I am sure, to start this at P1, is going to benefit our children a lot in future. 🙂

daisyt

 

so sweet

hi buds, yr dd2 is so sweet 🙂 even from her speech can tell she loves u deeply and that everything u’ve been giving to her is greatly appreciated! this is truly another toouching and heart-warming sharing from u 🙂

Thanks buds for this very

Thanks buds for this very detailed sharing!

My boy in P1 this year, doesn’t have show and tell this term yet.  Anyway, he is an ‘everything don’t know’ boy.  So I guess I better email the teacher and ask her about this.  Better get him prepared than last minute rush. 

Thanks for the alert!

Amazing resource

Thats really cute of ur DD2 to speak and write so nicely!! u r really very lucky to have her 🙂

M's turn

M had her P1 show and tell last year and she was told to bring her toy. Of course, she brought Sam, her teddy bear. I didn’t have time to prepare her or anything and since she professes to be Little Miss Chatterbox, I just gave her a bag to put Sam in and reminded her to bring him on the day itself. She told me later that she just carried him and stood in front of the class and talked and talked and talked…. (you get the idea).

If only all her tests were so easy…. Sigh….

Same pattern.. :lol:

Quote autumnbronze, "Fantastic sharing buds."

Thanks sista! I have a big feeling your DS will not encounter much difficulty with Show & Tell, for with his similar inquisitive tendencies just like my DD2… their pattern sure tend to wanna present more than the given minimum. Hahahaa! 

 bÜds

Exceptional gem of a teacher... :)

Quote BlurBee, "Thanks for sharing & the great tips."

You’re welcome, BlurBee..

"Ur DD2 is a good speaker."

Thank you, sweetie.. Yes, she is. 

Since pre-school years, both my girls have had a lot of exposure to being on stage, in front of the camera, photo shoot experience, and stuff. They have been given like those narrative roles for school performances.. emcee-ing.. story-telling contests.. and also school speeches. These early teeny exposures to public speaking have been the added advantage to what is required of our current Show & Tell requirements in early Pri. They still get the pre-presentation jitters even till today, but when they’ve crossed the initial "butterflies in the stomach" sensation… they’d be on a roll!

"My DD juz tell 5-6 sentences (the min requirement from the teacher)." 

Yes, BlurBee. That IS the standard requirement, even in DD’s school. The form teacher has been encouraging them to share as much as they can as there are more marks to be made for content. Apart from our own home practices, the form teacher also gets the students to practice in front of the whole class periodically before the actual day. This provides opportunities for other children who may have never been exposed to Show & Tell to have a gist of what is expected on the actual session. In short, there have been more than sufficient time frame given for children to get the hang of it.

My DD’s talkative lah dear, (just like her mummy)… unlike your shy DD. Hee.. So it also boils down to the child’s personality and also how comfortable the child is speaking in front of all her friends and form teacher. We’re very fortunate to have an excellent P1 form teacher taking DD2’s class this year… the whole class has good rapport with one another. DD2 hopes she will get the same teacher next year… well, i hope so too.

The teacher is truly an exceptional gem. 

 bÜds

Thanks Yerdua! ;)

Quote Yerdua, "This will be a valuable resourcce for all fellow KSP! Thanks!"

You are welcome, Yerdua.. 

I chanced upon the thread but now cannot recall the thread header. Was meaning to share much earlier. Hope it can’t help parents for SA1, mebbe a heads up for SA2..

"My ds just had his Show and Tell too.  Thanks to ksi, blurbee and pokemon for their pointers on the Show and Tell when I asked for help. :)"

Yes, i read their contributions too! Very helpful ones definitely! So i thought i’d chip in as well.. tho different schools may have differing procedures, grading processes and also tips.. we cud all use the diverse knowledge of practices everywhere apart from just our own children’s schools.

"Btw, my ds also had mental block during rehearsals at home.  I advised him to just say whatever that comes to mind or just skip to the next point.  Do not pause for too long, otherwise he will become nervous."

My perfectionist DD2 didn’t have that mental block when we were having our brief daily practices before she went off to school so i suppose that may have been the reason why she felt a little disappointed with her actual Show & Tell presentation. Yes, you’re right. Pausing too long will make them even more nervous and forget even more pointers, hahaa! That’s what DD2 told me. She said, "The longer i paused the more i couldn’t remember my points… but i just said what came to mind when nothing came.. i just added my own new points…"

After all the preparation work, on the actual day, ds was down with flu and had sore throat! So all KSP, prepare not just the materials and script.  Must take care of their voice before the big day too! 🙂 

Alamak! Your poor DS! I do hope he’s feeling much better now.. Aniwaes, taking care of the children’s diet and ensuring they drink lotsa plain water, get more rest and also unwind (play outdoors) are indeed other things to look into at least a month before going into full SA1 week.

Thanks for dropping by to share your experience with your son!

 bÜds

wow, thanks for sharing and

wow, thanks for sharing and taking us throught the process. It is amazingthat your DD2 can come out with such a nicely written piece at P1

Great sharing

Hi, buds, thanks for the detailed sharing. We’ve picked up some tips from ur post in preparation for my DD2’s english show n tell next term.  My DD2 had her chinese show n tell in term 1.  She was very nervous too. I advised her to look at her close friends who  gave her encouragement smiles and also her ft who is always very cheerful and motherly.  She did very well and came home to thank me and gave me the chocolate that her ft had rewarded her.

Show n Tell

My son had Show n Tell for P1 and P2.

For P1, he could choose any item. I helped him prepare a short script to memorize. It was about 3 paragraphs. Everyday, he will memorize one paragraph. When he has memorized all 3, I will teach him to throw in some ‘actions’ to spice it up.

When he was in P2, he had more confidence. It was a little harder then bcos the items given this time was not so interesting.

 

for us, also 5-6

for us, also 5-6 lines.

parents should gaugh how well their child can handle stage pressure cos for very shy children, less is more. gist is to inject a special point in show and tell to make it memorable, hence it is very important to choose a special item pertaining to each category.

most importantly, is to instill in the child, the level of confidence for his daily dealing with his teachers so that times like these, he/she will not feel shy to speak in front of an audience.

 

 

 

Thank you for sharing

Thanks for sharing & the great tips.

Ur DD2 is a good speaker.

My DD juz tell 5-6 sentences (the min requirement from the teacher). 

Fantastic

 

Fantastic sharing buds

 

Kindness is a language which the deaf can hear and the blind can read – Mark Twain

 autumnbronze

This is a great resource

This will be a valuable resourcce for all fellow KSP! Thanks!

My ds just had his Show and Tell too.  Thanks to ksi, blurbee and pokemon for their pointers on the Show and Tell when I asked for help. 🙂

Btw, my ds also had mental block during rehearsals at home.  I advised him to just say whatever that comes to mind or just skip to the next point.  Do not pause for too long, otherwise he will become nervous. 

After all the preparation work, on the actual day, ds was down with flu and had sore throat! So all KSP, prepare not just the materials and script.  Must take care of their voice before the big day too! 🙂 

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