Communication

The human ability to communicate with each other - be it in person, on the phone, over social media and so on - is what leads to shared stories, inspiration and motivation, movements and revolutions. Every day there are more people on the world and more connections between us all - there is huge power in leveraging this if you can communicate well with them.
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Explain It

In just 1 minute describe to an alien what a Car is.

Encourage your child to explain things concisely.
Easy
Guidance
Tell your child to imagine they met an alien who had never seen a Car before.
Prompts if stuck
1) What is the car is used for?

Guidance

Tell your child to imagine they met an alien who had never seen a Car before. In just 1 minute they need to explain what it is, how it works, what it is used for….and anything else you think is relevant. This is a test of conciseness and can be repeated for any other object that is "obvious" to your child, but might be "alien" to a newcomer. To make it harder, ban the use of "ums" and "errs"!

Prompts if stuck

1) We drive around in cars. Why is this?

2) What do Cars look like?

3) How do they make you feel?

Explain It

In just 1 minute describe to an alien what a Car is.

Encourage your child to explain things concisely.
Easy

Guidance

Tell your child to imagine they met an alien who had never seen a Car before. In just 1 minute they need to explain what it is, how it works, what it is used for….and anything else you think is relevant. This is a test of conciseness and can be repeated for any other object that is "obvious" to your child, but might be "alien" to a newcomer. To make it harder, ban the use of "ums" and "errs"!

Prompts if stuck

1) We drive around in cars. Why is this?

2) What do Cars look like?

3) How do they make you feel?

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Body Language

What communicates more - the way you look, the tone of your voice or the words you use?

Help your child understand the importance of face-to-face communication.
Medium
Guidance
Explain to you child that there are 3 ways to communicate: body language, tone of voice, and words.
Prompts if stuck
1. When you email / text / WhatsApp, how many of the communication methods are you using?

Guidance

There are 3 ways to communicate and studies show that body language is the most effective , followed by tone and then by content. Explore which you use when speaking in person vs on phone vs by WhatsApp.

Prompts if stuck

1) When I WhatsApp my friend I just send them words. How effective is this?

2) Why are in person meetings the most effective?

3) Can you say "I need some water" in different ways by varying body language and tone -  politely /urgently / sarcastically?

Body Language

What communicates more - the way you look, the tone of your voice or the words you use?

Help your child understand the importance of face-to-face communication.
Medium

Guidance

There are 3 ways to communicate and studies show that body language is the most effective , followed by tone and then by content. Explore which you use when speaking in person vs on phone vs by WhatsApp.

Prompts if stuck

1) When I WhatsApp my friend I just send them words. How effective is this?

2) Why are in person meetings the most effective?

3) Can you say "I need some water" in different ways by varying body language and tone -  politely /urgently / sarcastically?

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Don't Be Shy

How do you make small talk with someone new?

Encourage your child to talk with new people
Hard
Guidance
Make a spur of the moment phone call to a friend, and have your child chat to them for a few minutes.
Prompts if stuck
If your child is shy or stuck, prompt them with some questions they can ask your friend:

Guidance

Make a spur of the moment phone call to a friend, and have your child chat to them for a few minutes. You can tell your friend that you are teaching your child the importance of talking with new people.

Prompts if stuck

1) We could ask them what they have done today. Why don't you try it?

2) What are they having for dinner tonight?

3) What is their next holiday planned?

Don't Be Shy

How do you make small talk with someone new?

Encourage your child to talk with new people
Hard

Guidance

Make a spur of the moment phone call to a friend, and have your child chat to them for a few minutes. You can tell your friend that you are teaching your child the importance of talking with new people.

Prompts if stuck

1) We could ask them what they have done today. Why don't you try it?

2) What are they having for dinner tonight?

3) What is their next holiday planned?

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