Grasshopper strives to empower your student to communicate with confidence! We join your child at their level and challenge them to their personal best. Our caring and compassionate educators see each student as individual learners where they are encouraged and challenged. We view each family as a team with open communication between student, parent and educator. We are on your team! The end result is confidence that translates to better grades in school and success in life!
“This is a great course for all types of kids to get used to and start to feel comfortable with public speaking no matter what level they start at. The teacher, Carmen, was really encouraging and supportive and taught the children great skills and ways to construct and deliver an engaging speech to a group.” Parent, Speak Easy
Intro To Leadership Through Public Speaking
Grades: 1 – 5
This course is an introduction to leadership through public speaking. Explore the building
blocks to communicating with confidence and finding your inner leader! Introduction to the 6
tips to giving a great speech, the 7 qualities of a leader, teamwork, social etiquette and more.
Continue to master your skills with Speak Easy 1, Speak Easy 2, and It’s Debatable.
Public Speaking/Debate Series
Grades: 1 – 5
This year-long series is the ultimate experience in public speaking! We suggest that After-School Enrichment Coordinators schedule the total year series of Speak Easy I, Speak Easy II and It’s Debatable. It’s a win-win!
Speak Easy I
Grades: 1 – 5
If you’re afraid of public speaking, you’re not alone! It has been rated the #1 fear among adults but it doesn’t have to be with your child! With Grasshopper classes, students will not only learn the 6 tips to giving a successful speech, they will gain confidence through practice, interactive games and activities, improvisation and LOTS of positive feedback. Start overcoming your fears early and gain confidence for years to come! This class culminates with a speech presentation for family and friends. Continue building these important life skills with Speak Easy 2.
Speak Easy II
Grades: 1 – 5
Your student has learned valuable skills and gained the confidence to successfully present a speech. In Speak Easy II, your student will continue to gain confidence and skill through spontaneous and creative improvisation, impactful and persuasive speech writing, fun activities and more precise and positive feedback. Class will culminate with a persuasive speech presentation for family and friends. Prerequisite recommended: Speak Easy I
Grades: 2 – 5
Your student is now a confident and practiced public speaker. It’s Debatable! takes these amazing speaking skills to the next level. Learning to debate a topic helps students grasp many essential critical thinking and presentation skills. Through fun content, topics, and teamwork, students will make logical arguments based on substantive claims, sound reasoning, and relevant evidence. Students will learn that opinions have reasons, that some reasons are better than others, and that nothing is as simple as it seems. Class culminates with a debate “competition”. Are you ready to have your student become an expert at argument? Prerequisite: Speak Easy I or II
Young Speakers: It’s Easy! Public Speaking
Grades: K – 2
Captivating an audience and getting your message across is a valuable skill.. and NECESSARY for success in today’s world of social media, video, YouTube, and school/career presentations. Most adults lack the confidence to get up in front of a group. Why? Because they never had the chance to learn and practice when they were young and unafraid. In Young Speakers, even our littlest of school age children will have fun as they learn to speak with others in small and large groups through improvisation, drama and play.
Through interactive games and fun activities our K-2 speakers will learn how to:
- Stand out in a crowd by developing the 6 tips for success
- Dramatic play – sometimes acting silly is the best way to overcome fears!
- Improvise –by thinking and speaking without practice
- Work together as part of a team.
emPOWER Camp – Leadership & Public Speaking – Level 1
City of Bellevue, NW Art Center, Bellevue, WA
June 22-26, 2020, 5 days, 10AM – 3PM