Narrations are an important principle in a Charlotte Mason education.
I have found that a young child naturally “retells” a good story.
Even a 4-year-old narrates with detail and passion!
All you need to do is find ways of capturing their thoughts.
Here are some practical ways you can collect your child’s narrations ~
Use a blank jotter or notebook ~
- Buy the cheapest newsprint jotter books and cover it with the child’s own art.
- Paste everything they draw, scribble and copy into this jotter.
- You may fill several in a year!
- Write out the story in pencil as they narrate and let them copy over your writing.
- Draw the title really big and bold and let the child draw a picture under it.
Create a narration notebook for the story/ subject ~
- Use blank or colored pages.
- Tea-stain paper and crumple the paper to make it look “old”.
- Tear or burn the edges for an aged effect.
- Join a few pages length-wise and roll it up to become a scroll.
- Re-purpose old telephone books or pages and paint over the printing
- Staple the pages together at the top/ side with a cardboard cover.
- Be creative and make a booklet with stick and rubber band – see how to at Susan’s Making Books.com
- Punch holes and put into a binder/ file.
Draw a picture of the story ~
- Ask your child to draw while you read aloud.
- Let them copy the book’s illustrations. This is a good way of teaching the child to draw. Some children’s books are so beautifully illustrated that they inspire a child!
- Add the story title & a date.
- Write their narration around/under/ next to the picture as they dictate. Simple narration!
- Make a collage. Add details found in magazines to a picture.
- Find clip art or Google pictures or images on the computer and let your child add this to their narration page
- Make a comic strip – divide the page into 4-6 blocks. Number the blocks. This is good practice to sequence the story.
- Add educational value to the drawing – (if they will allow)
- punch holes around the edges and let them practise threading/ sewing around the page with wool
- draw vertical and horizontal squiggly lines through the picture and let them cut on the lines
- now let the child make their “puzzle” picture up again and paste it in the jotter
- cut out the main characters and let the child glue them on a colored or painted background.
Read my original post on this topic ~ Mom ~ The Narration Scribe.
Join me in Narration 102 where I share how to type and print your child’s narrations as a booklet.
How do you encourage your young children to record their narrations? Feel free to share in the comments.