On Saturday, November 5th, the fourth graders and their big sisters practiced public speaking through fun activities. We began by going over the principles of public speaking: standing tall and confident, staying still, eye contact, and projecting your voice. For the first activity, each fourth grader picked a random object from a bag and was asked to go to the front of the room and speak about the object for 45 seconds. While they were speaking, they were recorded. After each girl spoke for the first time, they each watched the recording of themselves, and had to say one thing they did well and one thing they wanted to improve on. For the second round, we had the girls pick a random question and answer the question for 45 seconds. We emphasized that they try their hardest to work on whatever they thought they needed to after watching their recording. Afterwards, we had the audience comment on things each girl did well. We noticed significant improvement from each girl, and their confidence levels seemed much higher the second time through.
On October 8th, the Halford Big and Little Sisters met at Castilleja for the first Science Saturday of the year. The day begun with an introduction activity where the 4th and 5th-grade girls were given a fun fact about their Big Sister. Then, the Little Sisters used said fact to determine who their 10th, 11th or 12th-grade buddy was. Upon finishing this task, the newly-formed duos created bright and colorful name tags for one another using a wide array of art supplies. After concluding this activity, the group conducted an experiment that shed light on the concept of atoms and the process of dissolving. This was done through the use of milk, three drops of food coloring, and a small splash of dish soap. Once these science endeavors came to an end, the Little and Big Sisters established norms for the year and conducted interviews. For the grand finale, each student presented the findings of their interview to a small audience. Overall, the Little and Big Sisters enjoyed the days' activities and are excited for their next encounter!