The twins are in grade 5, and as part of Social Studies, they were asked to do research about a Prime Minister. Cherry picked Sir John Sparrow David Thompson, and Rose looked for Sir John Alexander Macdonald.
They are not strangers to public speaking. Last year in March, for the first time, they attended a public speaking competition held by the Royal Canadian Legion and Cherry won third place in the junior group. This year, the competition only accepted contestants through schools. Cherry was not interested and her classmate was selected to attend the competition. I stressed my regret to Cherry and pressed that she could do better.
For this opportunity, I asked both of them to do the presentation without cue cards. They resisted. But during the night of Dec. 8, a few nights prior to the presentation, Cherry asked for a mock presentation at home, and Rose was also motivated. We googled online and found some nice presentations done by kids of their age. I reminded them that none of them used cue cards. We gave one more try again on Dec 9 and in the morning of Dec 10, when Rose was scheduled to present at school.
They both were the only ones in their classes who didn’t use the cue cards. Rose was very excited when she brought back the rubric with the mark of A-. Cherry got an A.