The Practice of Narration from a Single Reading: Charlotte Mason’s Principles 14 and 15


Principles 14 and 15 The Practice of Narration from a Single Reading -Charlotte Mason


As knowledge is not assimilated until it is reproduced, children should ‘tell back’ after a single reading or hearing, or should write on some part of what they have read.


A single reading is insisted on because children have naturally great power of attention; but this force is dissipated by the re-reading of passages, and also, by questioning, summarizing, and the like.

Acting upon these and some other points in the behavior of mind, we find that the educability of children is enormously greater than has hitherto been supposed and is but little dependent on such circumstances as heredity and environment.

Nor is the accuracy of this statement limited to clever children or to children of the educated classes: thousands of children in Elementary Schools respond freely to this method, which is based on the behavior of mind.

These two ideas – narration and a single reading –  are the ONLY two PRACTICES that Charlotte discusses in her 20 Principles. Why do you think that is? 

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