There are those who think that homeschooling families "miss out" on activities that other kids do. Well, some activities we do miss, but because we want to! Activities we really want to do, we find a way to do. Speech and Debate are some of those activities. The activities are out there, you just have to look for them!
Emily, 9th grade, is big into speech and debate. She has spoken for 4H contests and the Optimist International. Her latest contest was yesterday, in the Optimist Oratorical Contest. She came out the winner of the gold medallion, and will be advancing to the Regional level in April. Next Wed she will be giving her speech again in Excelsior Springs.
If you think these activities don't exist for your homeschooler, try contacting various groups, such as Toastmasters, Optimist, American Legion, VFW, as well as your local electric coop. Most of these organizations
offer speech and essay contest that are open to all students, regardless of public, private or homeschool.
Other events we attend are music recitals, open gyms, book clubs, homeschool coop, music lessons, group history, spelling bees, science fairs, scouts, 4H and sports. If you truly can't find something, put out notices and see if you can start your own!