So I have this ds (9) who likes to narrate, well, I can call it narration but sometimes it's more of a word for word from the chap. Sometimes his narrations are really a retelling in his own words, other times, like today, I notice that he is telling me back the chap. with all the dialogue that goes with it. I'm not in the mood today to type all of his retelling and have asked him to finish it himself. He wasn't too happy about that, he says he likes the typed versions (I don't do the typing thing all the time, btw). He is very creative and verbal (unlike his older brother), but sometimes it's just too much and then he gets his feelings hurt when you don't want to listen to aaalllll of the narration/story, etc.
I try to remind him of what a retelling is, but he just can't stop all the "telling". When I ask for a condensed version he acts like I am just not "letting him be himself". The funny thing is, I think the condensed version is actually a true narration and his version is a parroting of the text. Does that make sense?? Am I squelching him?? We had to take a break on his "retelling" and we'll go back to it later. I did suggest him finishing it, but I think he knows that his writing is not as fast as my typing so he may miss something since his writing can't keep up with his thoughts.
This usually happens with his literature (he's reading The Land of Oz) and sometimes history. This narration could turn out to be 2 full typed pages from a 3-4 page chapter.
Help!! What am I doing wrong?? He is very sensitive about his creations (has to describe in much detail), unlike his brothers.
On the other hand, his older br. (13) could use help in drawing out his narrations (especially written). I guess you could say that both boys are comfortable with the oral part, but getting this on paper is proving to be a challenge. Maybe it depends on the day and our moods.
Thanks for reading my ramblings and any help would be helpful.