Narration

Posted On July 23, 2008

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Overview:
Narration can be used in all school subjects and in all experiences. Years later the child will be able to narrate the same passage with “vividness, detail and accuracy of the first telling”

Why:
Perfect attention and absolute recollection is an asset.

When:
Orally beginning at age 6. Around 10 years old transition to written narrations.

How:
Read one single reading aloud. About 10-13 minutes for each book. Have the child’s full attention. Don’t stop to define words. Ask a child to tell what you just read. Ask only one child to narrate per reading. Don’t correct them but if another child points out an error, allow it. Do not interrupt a narration.

They tell, you listen. You may take dictation if you wish but don’t let it become a burden.

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