Speeches are almost upon us in Kauri Syndicate. This year we are going to focus on persuasive writing and speeches - that means the speaker tries to convince the audience to agree with their opinion. This is a useful skill to have, so I encourage you to get talking to your kids. Challenge their thinking! Get them to justify their opinions and encourage them to think outside the box. One reason is never enough, help them by discussing and debating the positives, the negatives and the interesting facts about a particular subject. The new is a great place to start, check out www.kiwikidsnews,co.nz if you want some interesting topics.