Toastmaster’s method and structure are designed to be used flexibly with various contents as planned. These can be children favourite stories or stories created by children, drama activities, poems, tongue twisters, nursery rhymes, short children plays and songs. This framework not only allows our facilitators to exercise the flexibility and creativity of using materials to suit different needs accordingly, but also provides the possibility of covering key components of good speech to build confidence and instil relevant skills in the children.
- Bodywork. Encourages children to warm up and stretch their entire bodies so that they can engage with the materials for the session. Only when children are fully relaxed, both physically and mentally, can they learn and remember more. Bodywork also aims to help children learn postures of confidence which will help them to find an optimal position for good breathing control and voice projection.
- Speechwork. Teaches children to speak clearly by using rhymes, speech drills and tongue twisters. Children will be taught how to articulate the various sounds of the English language, from consonants to vowels.
- Voicework. Explores the wonderful instrument we know of as the voice. Children learn vocal techniques by using different voices through characterisation, co-telling of stories, and singing.
- Storytime. This is where the various activities come together. Children are invited to share stories, or continue an ongoing one, where everyone in the room will be engaged in the action. Children get different opportunities to play the role of the story master, act as agents, make sound effects, and even learn how to be an attentive audience. Our facilitators don’t just tell stories, but invite everyone into the story.