Hi Lillie,lillie wrote:How do you pick and choose what and when to narrate? Do you just pick one subject to narrate like science (since they have to draw and write down one concept from the reading anyway), or do you have your children narrate for every subject like history, science, bible, read-alouds and reading time with "living books," as well as the occasional narration in PLL and ILL?
Then do they narrate every day and how often should they write it down?
Thanks so much for your replies and this forum!!
Well, this is a very broad question, with I'm sure lots of viewpoints, so I'm just going to jump in & start the conversation :o)
To me, narration is a tool that I use when I want to prompt my child to remember, realize, or just think!
However, I don't think the one-on-one tutoring situation of homeschool requires narration to be used all day long. And in fact, I can't imagine that even Charlotte Mason had time to listen to (or read) the narrations of every one of her students, in every subject, every day.
At our house, if we have just had a great conversation about our read-aloud, then requiring a narration might spoil it for us. But if it's been a while since we read the previous chapter, I might spend more time on narration to make it fresh again. If we're going to make a notebook page on the same topic, then I skip narration or make sure it's very light prep before writing. I want to retain interest in the topic, and not create a negative feeling about rehashing it over & over.
I think the key is to use narration to help your child "own" the information (rather than his expecting the teacher to do that), and to replace the worksheet/test/forget method of assessing his understanding.