Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Story Telling Competition

When Karl told me that he wanted to take part in the English story telling competition, hubby and I were delighted. Once upon a time, both hubby and I were regulars on stage, telling stories and giving speeches.


Initially, he volunteered to represent his class but he was too late as the teacher has chosen two girls before Karl told him. Then, one girl gave up and Karl happily told us that he was replacing the girl.


After choosing a story, he began to practice but he was really far away from GOOD and the training session was a little discouraging for him as I told him the TRUTH. After every training session, he seemed to improve and I was relieved.


On that very day, hubby and I took the initiative to be present in school to give him some moral support. The competition started off with a girl who was quite good, then followed by some who were monotonous, others who forgot their lines.


When it was Karl’s turn, I prayed that he could keep calm and remember his lines. He skipped up the stage, yup, skipped up instead of walking up the stage. He began his story with “Good afternoon judges, teachers and friends……” line after line he spoke and his intonation was alright. However, he seemed to be a little shy or maybe he felt that the microphone was in the way and so his gesture were all merely below his waist.


We told him his weakness and hopefully he would be better next year, if he has the chance to be on stage again. From my judging, he ranked somewhere in the tenth place but it doesn’t matter because our main purpose is to train him to be brave. I see that in Karl now. From a timid and lack of confidence boy, he has now changed to be a braver boy, occasionally raising his hands to answer while in class.


We are proud of you, Karl. One day, you would overcome all fear and be a truly confident boy.

13 comments:

mumsgather said...

Thats wonderful. I like the way he skipped up onto stage. :)

chanelwong said...

Well done Karl...

Fussy mum said...

That's good. It's definitely a great experience for Karl.

michelle@mybabybay said...

Bravo Karl! It takes a lot of guts just to be on stage. I guess he had learn a lot for this experience. He already won.

Everyday Healy said...

Oh! Wanted to stand on the stage already make him a very confident boy.And, I am sure he has the parents genes. :)

lil' bulb said...

Win or loss not important, as long as he gained experience from there.

Tammy said...

How wonderful for him to get up and try his hardest! Good job Karl!

Dora said...

It's great to see his improvement. Sure Karl is full of confident in front of the audience soon!

Uncle Lee said...

Hi Jo, you have a son any parent would be proud to have.
And not bad too, starting at his age going on stage.
Give him time, he exceed your expectations.
Best regards, Lee.

Bryan and Brandon's Mama said...

Well done, Karl. That's a HUGE improvement!

slavemom said...

Bravo Karl! It takes a lot of courage jes to be on stage. And the fact that he volunteered himself, that showed he's a confident boy.

Martini said...

Wow, that's a very good experience!
Thumbs up to Karl!

jacss said...

wow...i am so proud of karl, JO!! such a brave boy...keep up the good work :D