Welcome to this Narration edition of the Charlotte Mason Blog Carnival. We’re happy to be hosting the carnival this week.
As you know, narration is a fundamental part of the Charlotte Mason method. We’re sure you will find a lot of encouragement and great ideas as you peruse the posts listed below.
Now, if you want to get a real taste for this art form and experience a little of what we’re requiring from our children when we ask them to narrate, here’s a challenge for you:
- Select one of the posts below,
- Read the post only once,
- Then either tell someone what it said or write down what it said without looking back at it. Feel free to include your own opinion and any mental connections you made while reading it.
Go ahead, give it a try if you would like to. (But no writing notes as you read!)
Whether you take the challenge or not, we know you will gain a lot from the wisdom and experience shared in these posts. Enjoy!
Narrating is an art (Vol. 1, p. 232).
Children have other ways of expressing the conceptions that fill them when they are duly fed. They play at history lessons, dress up, make tableaux, act scenes; or they have a stage, and their dolls act, while they paint the scenery and speak the speeches. There is no end to the modes of expression children find when there is anything in them to express (Vol. 1, p. 294).
Before the reading for the day begins, the teacher should talk a little (and get the children to talk) about the last lesson, with a few words about what is to be read, in order that the children may be animated by expectation; but she should beware of explanation and, especially, of forestalling the narrative (Vol. 1, pp. 232, 233).
Of course that which they visualise, or imagine clearly, they know; it is a life possession (Vol. 1, p. 292).
So did you try to narrate any of the posts in this carnival? How did it go? We hope you learned a lot and were encouraged in this art of narrating.