‘And if America is to be a great nation, than this must become true.’ — Martin Luther King Jr.
Ok, so this isn’t acting class… she is really shy and getting her to say it into the camera is the closest thing I can do to get her to recite it. She has a hard time getting into it, but then gets going. She can say the whole thing just fine to me, but getting dressed up and having the camera distracted her. When she gets going the best I wasn’t even in the room. I had to leave to try and keep Ian quiet.
Memorization is an awesome tool in home school, especially at the young ages. My 7 year old daughter has memorized tones of stuff in biology, math, geography and The Bible. The past few weeks she has memorized the last 3/7ths of the ‘I Have A Dream’ speech (almost half). The end is where he really builds so we memorized that first.
This year I wanted her to spend some time memorizing great speeches. This not only helps with memorization and brain exercises, it also helps with complex sentences and increased vocabulary.
The first one she did was the Gettysburg Address. Then after a break of memorizing a few Bible passages she started working on this speech. It was hard to get her excited about it at first, but this speech is energizing and addicting. This guy had passion and an incredible speaking/speech writing ability. I have listened to her say it hundreds of times and I could listen to it hundreds more. A great way to start the school day!
She doesn’t want to tackle the rest of the speech now so we are working on another smaller poem. I would like to find some other great speeches for her to learn… maybe the sermon on the mount.