One thing I have noticed, at least in this particular Essentials class, is that no one is too shy to present their paper. In fact, it's quite the opposite, most of them are anxiously excited to read their papers aloud to the class! A couple of the boys are a little indifferent about it, but they always do very well when they present. It's so encouraging to see this! The whole purpose of learning how to write and present well is to learn how to effectively communicate. Later when these kids get to the Challenge program they will also be learning how to accurately communicate through the study of Logic.
What I love most about all of this is that it is not only for the student's sake that they are learning this skill. Though their confidence does increase with each presentation, the goal is to equip these young people with the tools they need to share the gospel with all who would believe. We want these kids to be confident in what they know and in what they believe, and in their ability to speak clearly and effectively about whatever it is they take on in the future. For my girls, this will be a strong help to them in all the work they do with their own families and any additional work that God provides for them throughout their lifetimes.