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Homeschool Speech and Debate – Outside the Box

September 29, 2009

One of the great things about homeschooling is that you can tailor your school to meet the needs and interests of your students.  To do that, you need to think outside the box a little bit.  Once you do that, all things are possible!   Even speech and debate!

I have another question for you.  Are there ways outside of a school setting to get a child involved in a debate club or with public speaking, other than in a church setting?  I am looking for more of a debate setting where they will be forced to compose arguments and think on their feet, not just give a prepared speech.


Speech and debate can be done in group settings with some of the following ideas and organizations:

  • American Legion Boys State
  • TeenPact
  • YMCA Youth & Government
  • National High School Mock Trial
  • Speeches as part of college scholarship applications; e.g. Veterans of Foreign Wars, Elks Club
  • Speeches as part of an adult group:  Toastmasters
  • Speeches as part of regular activities:  teaching a class to small or large groups
  • Debate with a local homeschool group; google your city, and the words “homeschool debate”
  • Develop a group of teens to discuss current events, perhaps all listening to the same talk radio show prior to meetings

You can also study about debate during the “down time” when not actively involved in a group.  Some of the more popular programs include:

Practice can be achieved by regularly memorizing and presenting prepared speeches to friends and family.  Perhaps weekly you could ask the student to memorize scripture, poetry, or famous speeches from the past.

Memorize famous poems to tie in with your study of American or British Literature.  My favorite source is
A Treasury of Poetry for Young People

Memorize famous American speeches to tie in with your study of American History or American Government
Famous American Speeches: A Multimedia History, 1850 To The Present (CD-ROM)


Check out my profile on The Old Schoolhouse’s Speakers Bureau, and then ask you conference coordinator to invite me to come speak to your conference in 2010!


  1. Michelle says:

    I would like to add The Institute for Cultural Communicators. Here is a link to their website: . On their “Store” page you can download a Scope and Sequence for second grade through high school.

    September 29th, 2009 at 12:21 pm

  2. Sonja says:

    Another great resource for debate is the National Chrisian Forensics and Communications Association ( They offer 2 kinds of debate: Team Policy and Lincoln-Douglas Values debate. If you live in California, check out

    September 29th, 2009 at 8:33 pm

  3. Loralee says:

    STOA is now in many states. Here is the link for it:

    We were in it this past year, and it was WONDERFUL! Challenging, well-rounded, and above all, CHRISTIAN!

    June 14th, 2011 at 7:23 pm

  4. Kelly says:

    Does my daughter have to comepte in a speech and debate ompetetion to earn her credit for high school for the class, or can she ust take it and earn the credit?

    October 8th, 2012 at 9:09 am

  5. Lee says:

    Dear Kelly,

    You don’t have to take speech and debate in high school. If you do take speech and debate, you don’t have to compete. You can take the class and participate in classroom speeches, without the pressure of competition.


    October 8th, 2012 at 3:58 pm

  6. Karen says:

    4H has speech and debating clubs

    April 11th, 2015 at 2:52 pm

  7. Assistant to The HomeScholar says:

    Good point, Karen!
    The monthly 4-H meetings alone are a good education in parliamentary procedure.
    Assistant to The HomeScholar

    April 15th, 2015 at 4:21 pm

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