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New clubs starting in . . .

McKinney

Carrollton  

 


"In Skill Builders, my two children have grown in their confidence to speak on an impromptu basis and have enjoyed learning the various roles at a meeting, such as, Humorist, Timekeeper, Evaluator, etc.”
 

Diane S., Parent



What is Skill Builders Speakers League?

Skill Builders Speakers League clubs are a great place to learn public speaking skills for children who need a little extra time or assistance. This includes younger children (beginning around age 6), but also older kids (up to age 17) who may be especially shy or have special needs. 

We modify the more businesslike Speakers League format of impromptu speaking, prepared speeches, and speech evaluations, by weaving in warm-up activities, learning games, and even a snack break, to provide a fun, individually-paced, progressively-challenging environment to learn public speaking skills and meeting management.

Although Skill Builders clubs are adult led, the presence of a parent or other adult aide may be required to ensure any needs are met that might arise for the member. (A parent or aide can attend to multiple children if they are siblings.)

In Skill Builders, each child is seen as an individual and is able to proceed at a pace that is right for him or her.

To see which club your child is right for, click here to see our club readiness guidelines.

More info can be found on our FAQ page.  Scroll down to read about what happens at a typical meeting.

 
 
 
 
 

 

Two clubs to choose from!

McKinney Skill Builders (Homeschool Hours)
1st and 3rd Tuesdays, between September and May.
9:30am-11:00am
Location First Baptist Church McKinney, 1615 W Louisiana St., McKinney, TX 75069

Carrollton Skill Builders (Afterschool Hours)
1st and 3rd Wednesdays, between September and May.
3:30pm-5:00pm
Location FUMC Carrollton, 2201 E Hebron Pkwy, Carrollton, TX 75010

 

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McKINNEY Skill Builders
Special MONTHLY pricing for first 8 members*
* One-time registration materials fee $50 (normally $75).
* Monthly dues $25/month (normally $35/month).
Location: First Baptist Church of McKinney, 1615 W Louisiana St., McKinney, TX 75069
1st & 3rd Tuesdays, 9:30am-11:00am, Sept - May.
Club dues include SLAM (our annual regional conference).
Fees and club dues are non-refundable. Monthly dues are charged year round until you withdraw from the club. (See FAQ page for details.)
CARROLLTON Skill Builders
Special MONTHLY pricing for first 8 members*
* One-time registration materials fee $50 (normally $75).
* Monthly dues $25/month (normally $35/month).
Location FUMC Carrollton 2201 E Hebron Pkwy, Carrollton 75010
1st & 3rd Wednesdays, 4:00pm-5:30pm, Sept - May.
Club dues include SLAM (our annual regional conference).
Fees and club dues are non-refundable. Monthly dues are charged year round until you withdraw from the club. (See FAQ page for details.)

 


 

 












 


"Every session, my sons enjoyed stepping into a comfortable arena at Skill Builders where they developed not only public speaking skills but confidence in themselves."  

Beverly R., Parent



What happens at a Skill Builders meeting?

Skill Builders meetings begin with a warm-up activity to get the kids participating and talking. These are generally quick, fun, and creative activities to get everyone into a positive frame of mind for communicating during the meeting.

Meetings follow the same basic format each time. Warm up activity, impromptu speaking opportunities, prepared speeches, snack break, and evaluations. The members are pre-assigned to a specific role at the meeting (these rotate from meeting to meeting). A member might be assigned to be the Timekeeper, Vote Counter, a Speaker, an Evaluator, or the MC, for example. Members learn how to do these roles through a combination of reviewing their member handbook (see sample pages here), training videos, and practice activities in the club. Of course, the club chairperson (the adult supervisor of the club) provides help where needed, as well as the parent or aide.

In addition to the meeting roles mentioned above, Skill Builders members periodically present prepared speeches, starting with the "All About Me" speech, and then the "Just for Fun" speech, and "Exciting Time," "Prized Possession," "How To," and "I Know a Lot About" speeches. Each 3 - 5 minute speech in the Basic Level is geared to develop a different presentation skill, including gestures, vocal variety, visual aids, etc. There are three levels in Skill Builders – Basic, Intermediate, and Advanced. 

While many children in the club develop a readiness for a regular Speakers League club, and eventually transfer, some members remain with Skill Builders, because it remains the best fit for them.   

To see if Skill Builders is right for your child, click here to see our club readiness guidelines.

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Tell me about the teacher 

The adult supervisor of the club is called the club Chairperson. Skill Builders' Chairperson is Julia Morgan. She homeschooled her two children who are in college now (SMU and UT Dallas). Julia is the founder of the Speakers League organization, and continues to work in consultation with people in the field of child development and special needs to fine-tune the Skill Builders Speakers League curriculum.  Both professional and personal experience have given Julia the opportunity to learn how to tailor resources in academics for various abilities, which is the goal of Skill Builders.

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"I enjoy being humorist and my favorite time during class was when I was MC." – Isaiah, Age 9