Beginning Narration in Your Charlotte Mason Homeschool
Do you have a new narrator? Or a student who struggles with narration? Here’s a pointer that will help:
When beginning narration, start small. Read the passage to your child and ask them to tell you JUST ONE THING that they remember from the story. JUST ONE THING! That’s all! And then PRAISE YOUR STUDENT for that ONE thing!
This is all about positive reinforcement and gaining confidence. We want the student to have a positive association with the task of narration. We do not want to put undue stress on a beginning narrator, as stress will cause your student to shut down. ALWAYS praise your student’s efforts, after all, children are NATURAL narrators!
Jump to the video below to see examples!
Here’s how it might work: Let’s say, for example, that you read a story about Johnny Appleseed, and your student’s narration consisted of “a guy had some apples” – that’s great! It’s a great STARTING POINT. Really, I promise, it’s a great start! Give your student a big high-five!
Later on, you will require more from the student, but for now, just ask for ONE THING during ALL narrations until you feel that your student is ready for more. Narration is hard work!
Build Narration Skills
Build your student’s narration skills over time. Require more from him as he gains confidence.
In this short video, I give you some concrete examples that you can use right away.
My son, Aaron, played the part of a new narrator in the video (even though he’s now 16) to show you what to expect.
Watch the video now (and stick around at the end of the video for some bloopers!):