I’m thinking of something that my kids could use to either draw or write narrations for our history readings. Does anyone else do this? What do you use? Thanks for any ideas. Btw, my kids will range from grades first to eighth.
Yes, we do. I use notebooking pages, usually from notebookingpages.com because she has something for everything and offers both primary and lined pages of the same format. We will read our assignment and then I will ask for the narration. They choose the page they like, and for the littles usually the drawings are quite detailed, and I will help them write it. Sometimes I write the whole thing on another paper and they use it as copy work type. I like this style of narration very much. It also allows me to see what everyone is remembering and connecting with so that they are not just sort of parroting their siblings. It automatically produces a portfolio, shows their improvement at narration and allows me to work with each kid at their level w/o all the extra time. =)
We like to use journals or composition books for narrations. My 14-year-old uses a large (8.5 x 11) hardbound black book with red spine, and lined pages, that we picked up at an office supply shop; he loves it. For littler ones (like through 2nd or 3rd grade) we’ve used the Mead composition books that are blank on top, with wide lines on the bottom – we’ve found ours at Walmart, but I know Amazon sells them. I’ve gotten this type for 3rd grade and up:
Last year, I was in the sketchbook section of Michaels and saw some lovely hardbound journals, which were blank on the left side and lined on the right. They would be perfect history journals and I’m still kicking myself for not picking up a few when they were on sale. Next year! I really like having a place for them to write, and draw, and I think these would be perfect.
During years when we’ve not had notebooks, I’ve had them draw on blank paper, and write (or copy) their narrations onto lined paper, and I’ve slipped them into page protectors in their binders.
We use something like this, only ours aren’t spiral bound. I just saw them one day and picked up the whole stack, because they were on sale!
Right now DD6 draws a picture while I read the passage aloud and then she dictates a narration and I try to write it down as quickly as possible. We use it about once every week or two.
Thank you! This gives me some good ideas. Do you schedule the journal narrations, or do you just do them when you have time or feel it is appropriate?
I do it when the lesson seems to lend itself quite naturally to it. I am not trying to force anything yet. We also do other narrations in other subjects so we get plenty of practice in through out the week without me sitting down and having to fidure out when to schedule it as well – I prefer to feel a little more freedom in that area.
My older boys narrate a history lesson every fourth day of history plans (we school four days per week), so it isn’t necessarily the same day of the week, depending on whether we’ve done more or less that week (holidays, appointments, etc). Ds14 also does written literature narrations on the weeks he doesn’t have another writing assignment. With the younger, 9 (today!), it’s more hit or miss in terms of scheduling.
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