We started year 1 officially this week. This is the first time I'm having my 6 yo do narrations, although he has always listened well to most of our read alouds.
For day 1, we read the first story of the Winnie the Pooh Tales about WTP trying to use a balloon to get honey out of a tree. My ds was wanting to play with a toy during the reading, so I let him as long as he was paying attention. Every few paragraphs I stopped and asked him what was happening in the story. I would have to give clues like "was WTP going up or down the stairs" , "what was WTP using to get to the honey", "what color was the balloon", etc.... He answered the questions correctly throughout the story, although he couldn't do a summary without the questions first. At the end I asked his favorite part and he said "When Christopher Robin shot down the balloon with his gun".
Today, day 2, we read a history selection about Vikings (Eric the Red, Leif the Lucky, and their journeys that led to Leif landing on North American soil...something that I don't remember learning in school, lol). If I asked him every few paragraphs what was happening, he wouldn't answer. If I asked questions like "what kind of ships did the Vikings make?", "what country did Eric the Red start in and then discover", etc.... he would answer these correctly. At first he was playing with a toy when listening, but less than halfway through he sat on the sofa with me because the story interested him. After completion of the story, I asked him for either 2 things that were his favorite in the story or that he remembered most. He replied, "I liked the part about Eric the Red having really strong fists to build with and I liked the part where Leif became lucky".
He turned 6 last May and again these are our first attempts at narration. Are we on target with the above examples starting out? Or do we have a long way to go to be on target per CM standards?
Thanks in advance.