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When I was in school, narrations were a way for me to write what I remembered reading. I loved writing these “reports” on books I had read. It wasn’t because the books were always the most outstanding story I have read (almost every book was like that), but because I was able to write it.
If you are not familiar with the term “narration” or you aren’t sure exactly what it is, let me tell you. It is just like a book report/essay. Why we call it a narration is mainly due to the way with which we were taught by using the Charlotte Mason method.
There are a few ways in which a child could narrate:
This is how you should begin implementing narration in your home. Read to your child, or have them read on their own, and when they have finished reading, let them tell you what they read. (If you have multiple children reading the same book, their narrations will never be the same!)
- Narrating to the parent, who then types it out on the computer.
After I had begun orally narrating to my mom, she then began to type it out on the computer. She’d print them out and put them in a binder book. (I still have those narrations!)
Once you feel that your child has gotten the hang of telling you what they have read, have them write it down. I’m including a free printable for you to use to get your child, who are in grade school, the ability to transition themselves from oral to written narrations.
Ever since I was a small child, I was taught how to narrate, next thing I knew, it was second nature to me.
At first, my mom started out with reading aloud to us. She would read a couple of paragraphs at a time and ask my brother and I what she just read. We’d retell it to her, and then she would continue on.
Eventually, she advanced it to where she could read a couple of chapters at a time and at the end both my brother and I had to narrate what we remembered and/or learned. Sometimes, we would be caught not listening and then we’d have to read those chapters again, on our own and then tell my mom what happened.
I started writing my narrations when I was in fourth grade, but it was more of a “fill-in-the-blank” kind of narration. Whatever the method was, this is how I started out and learned how a nice narration should turn out.
Here is a free printable narration worksheet for grade school that you could teach your child how to write down what they have read!
Be sure to share this with your friends and fellow homeschoolers!
How old where you when you began writing written narrations/book reports/essays?