A Charlotte Mason Education is largely centered on a learning method called narration, or the “telling back” in the child’s own words what they have just heard or read.
I have created a Narrations Ideas Booklet filled with over 100 narration ideas to encourage dynamic and varied narrations. This booklet offers a list of over 100 creative options, alternative suggestions, tips, outlines and templates for every age and learning style. (Free sample at the end of this post for 5 lucky readers who comment!)
What is Narration?
When a parent reads a short story, or a passage or chapter the child listens attentively. Then the child retells the story or passage in his own words. This skill, although seemingly simple and fairly natural, requires concentrated focus and attention from the child, and requires a complex range of learning skills.
To form a narration a child needs to consider what he has heard, thinking how it applies to other ideas he already knows. He then puts his thoughts into order, recalls details, mixes it with his opinion, and then forms those thoughts into coherent sentences and tells them to someone else – when real learning takes place. Charlotte Mason called this The Act of Knowing.
Narrations are therefore complex activities, but amazingly can be practiced by pre-schoolers all the way to high school students.
Here are examples of some of the templates and ideas you can find in the FULL Narrations Ideas Booklet available on my Packages Page ~
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Wishing you many creative and dynamic narrations with your children.