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Speaking Skills Butterflies

  • Mixed Experience
  • 9 Weeks
  • Kindy

An exciting and fun weekly program for students in Kindy that allows students to develop their communication skills without needing to know how to read and write.

Student to Teacher Ratio 8:1
Course Objectives
  • Give students a fun and welcoming environment that helps them build their confidence.

  • Provide lots of speaking activities that boost students' speaking skills and lay the foundation for good speaking habits.

  • Help students feel comfortable speaking in front of audiences.

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Location John Purchase Campus, Cherrybrook
Day

Monday

Time

3:15PM - 4:15PM

Dates

25th July - 19th September

Length

6 Weeks

Price

$270 $210

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Location Canley Vale Campus
Day

Wednesday

Time

4:00PM - 5:00PM

Dates

27th July - 21st September

Length

7 Weeks

Price

$270 $210

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Location Bella Vista Campus
Day

Saturday

Time

11:00AM - 12:00PM

Dates

23rd July - 17th September

Length

6 Weeks

Price

$270 $180

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Location Bankstown Campus
Day

Saturday

Time

12:00PM - 1:00PM

Dates

23rd July - 17th September

Length

6 Weeks

Price

$270 $180

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Location Wesley Campus, Castle Hill
Day

Saturday

Time

1:00PM - 2:00PM

Dates

23rd July - 17th September

Length

6 Weeks

Price

$270 $180

Course Overview

Welcome to Speaking Skills Butterflies! This exciting and interactive program is designed to equip Kindergarten students with the tools they need to communicate more confidently and purposefully when engaging in pairs, small groups, class discussions and presentations.

Through a series of fun and engaging activities, students will develop important speaking skills such as turn-taking, eye contact, volume control and using clear language. They will also learn how to listen attentively and respond respectfully to others.

Recognising that students in this age group have not yet developed abstract thought, and are still at the beginning of their reading & writing journeys, the program places emphasis on fun-filled experiential learning without the need for written language – using activities and games to help students use language, imagination, and self-expression to compose and respond when talking about a range of topics. The Butterflies program is modular in nature, so it changes every term too!

Most importantly, students will have loads of fun while developing the confidence to speak up and be heard! So come join us on this exciting journey of discovery as we help our little ones take their first steps towards effective communication.

Our Butterflies Term program is a mixed experience program for all Kindy students.

In recognition of the importance of learning presentation skills from a young age, it has (since 2012) formed an important part of the Early Stage #1 (Kindergarten) syllabus for NSW schools.  Given this, even younger students are no longer able to escape the obligation to speaking in front of an audience.

The Early Stage #1 (Kindergarten) syllabus clearly states students should develop the ability and skills to:

“communicate through speaking, listening, reading, writing, viewing and representing”

Given this, the Presentation Skills Butterflies Workshop is designed for all Kindergarten students – confident and shy alike – who are just about to embark on the start of their Public Speaking journey.

Throughout our lives, we all have to speak to audiences whether that be for our career, education or socially. But we’re of the firm belief that not only is everyone capable of doing this, but that everyone is capable of enjoying it too!

The Presentation Skills Butterflies program aims to:

  • provide Kindergarten students with their first public speaking experiences;
  • engage students in highly creative and interactive activities to help build their confidence, communication and social skills;
  • put an emphasis on introducing and building good habits over theory, noting students lack abstract thought and written language skills; and
  • help students develop a love for presenting in front of audiences.

Connecting with Audiences

The beginning of each program is designed to help students get to know one another and feel comfortable when expressing themselves.  Amongst various speaking activities, students will be exposed to the concept of an audience, and come to understand that speeches are about finding a connection between their own interests and that of those listening to them.

Connecting with their coach and peers will inevitably lead to a classroom that is buzzing, busy and enjoyable!

 

Creating Content

As students progress, they will be more involved in creating unique content in small groups and individually. Inspiration and support will be provided as they progress to become more and more creative and confident, yet structured in their approach. Plenty of opportunities to present both their group and individual creations will be given, allowing them to receive personalised feedback and improve their speaking skills. They will also be encouraged to create and present impromptu and prepared content.

Importantly, none of the activities or presentations will rely on reading or writing, meaning students are able to enjoy the program without feeling self-conscious about abilities their still developing!

 

Exploring the Art of Narratives 

Storytelling has been a rich tool used to generate connection, inspire dreams and ideas, as well as to help students connect with the world around them.

The Butterflies program includes exploring the art of storytelling and involves the students as not only passive listeners but active creators and narrators of their own unique story as well, with students engaging with core storytelling ideas over multiple sessions.

Our classes vary in size for every program depending on how many bookings we receive – however, the maximum size of our Speaking Skills Butterflies class is around nine students with one coach.

If there aren’t any spots left, it’s usually because we’ve hit capacity – please get in touch with us and we’ll see what we can do about either opening an extra class, fitting your child into the existing class, or putting you on a waitlist in case any students pull out!

After each program, students will get to keep:
  • a personal feedback sheet prepared by their coach, which goes through what they’ve improved on, and something they can continue to work on at home;
  • a certificate recognising their achievements at the workshop; and
  • and most importantly hopefully a more positive perspective on public speaking!

Whilst children appear to not be at particularly high risk from COVID-19, SSA places their safety (and the safety of our coaches) as our highest priority.  This emphasis on safety is the first tier of our teaching policy.

We generally consider the risk of transmission at our programs to be very unlikely.  This is for three reasons:

  1. From a general perspective, whilst children are not immune, they do show substantially milder symptoms than adults, and appear to catch and transmit the virus at lower rates.
  2. Despite high vaccination levels, the Government is still acting cautiously in removing restrictions – most people who catch the virus are quarantined, which has significantly limited the spread of the virus.
  3. We have put in place a range of extra protections that are reviewed continuously for best practice, and seek to keep students as safe as possible.

We have prepared our COVID-19 Action Plan, which outlines the three methods we are using to keep students safe.

Whilst you are very welcome to read the Action Plan in full, the three elements are:

  1. Symptom Testing – whilst we instruct all parents not to send students displaying symptoms (or awaiting test results), we will be using coach training to ensure that any students who show symptoms are isolated and removed from programs;
  2. Limited Exposure – there are a range of steps in place to help ensure that students (and parents) socially distance themselves and limit the chance of spreading the virus; and
  3. Enhanced Sanitation – we have adopted hand and surface cleaning regimens to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Additionally, we will also be continuing to offer online programs for the foreseeable future. This will help ensure that parents and students who are uncomfortable with physical classes have an alternative that allows them to feel safe, whilst still receiving a quality education in public speaking and debating.

Please check out our COVID-19 Action Plan here, or get in touch if you have any questions!

Course Reviews

My daughter really enjoyed the holiday camp over the April school holiday. Although it was a 2-day intensive program, she learned, had fun and made friends. Coach was engaging and knew how to interact with young kids. Definitely worth the experience even though my kid is still 5 years old. Will definitely enrol for the July school holiday program!

Lale, Parent Speaking Skills Bumblebees

We look forward to attending future programs!

Erin, Parent Speaking Skills Bumblebees
  • After our January and April 2022 Holiday Workshops...

  • 100%

    of Bumblebees students had heaps of fun!

  • 93%

    of Bumblebees students felt their confidence improved lots.

  • 86%

    of Bumblebees students believed their manner was a lot better.

  • 100%

    of Bumblebees students wanted to come back next time!