I am bound and determined to not use a writing program with my ds14 this coming year. He has 2 programs that have writing assignments built-in so I don’t want to overwhelm him with a separate program. With that said, how many written narrations should I expect per week to increase his writing abilities?? I am leaning toward 1 per day, but not sure about which subjects. Should I vary the narrations?? Monday: Literature, Tuesday: Science, Wed: History….etc.?? and then on the day/s he uses one of the two programs that have assignments built-in then count that for the day?
My thoughts are to have separate composition books labeled: Literature, History, Science, etc., and have him fill them up with narrations. With the literature comp. book, he’ll just keep going with narrations in the same book using the various books he’ll be reading. I do plan for oral narrations, as well.
My dd12 writes one per day. By highschool, that will likely be 2-3 per day. I suggest seeing these posts by Lindafay Johnson – http://www.charlottemasonhelp.com/2009/07/narration.html?m=1
I use composition books like you mentioned.
OK, 2-3 per day sounds more like it, for high school, anyway.
Thanks for the link. It was at her site that I *thought* the once per day was mentioned, but clearly that is not the case.
And, for my 11yo, 2-3 a week, building up to 1 per day is my goal for him. Does that sound about right?? I’d like him to get used to the idea (just a habit, something we do for education) of 1 per day when he does turn 12.
Thanks in advance.
That sounds like a solid plan!
Thanks so much for your help.
I just need to sit down and decide what to ask for written and what is okay for oral. I think Lindafay suggests literature and history (and possibly natural science) daily, but I’m wondering if I should/could always ask for 2 of 3 of and let the other one vary??
As you can see, I need specifics or I feel lost in the shuffle. If I don’t know what to ask for, I’m prone to allowing things to slip or letting my dc choose and it ends up not becoming a habit, but something that is done sporatically. I really don’t like that or want that this coming year. My dc work better when they know what to expect, I do as well, but I think I have some adult ADD going on and have a harder time staying on track.
Thanks for letting me work this out for my dc through this forum.
I’ll post some ideas for you after dinner from my computer instead of my phone.
Obviously this in not new to me, but sometimes I feel the need to refine what I have learned for my dc. I am pouring over SCM’s LA Handbook and CMH for narration ideas, more specifically, the How To’s. I don’t really need ideas for what to do: skits/Lego scenes/narrations, etc., but how many to expect in week and from what subjects. I definitely feel confident in my desire to follow CM’s ideas, that’s not the issue, but I think my 11yo is ready for more and I want to be prepared. He is easily overwhelmed with too much information and change. If the plan is to narrate, then that is what he wants to do (actually, my 14yo is the same way). Having the ideas are great (like the bead idea) but I have to assign the right amount of narrations a week, including the subject.
BTW, I’m back to the CMO and using CMH’s daily checklists for 2 of my dc. The other one wants the style we used last year. No problem…he is very visual and particular. I have added Narration as a subject so I don’t forget and can see at a glance how many have been achieved. I know I need to be flexible, but I know I also need a plan.
Hope that makes sense. Thanks so much!
I would suggest having written narrations daily from either history or narrative science or perhaps both. This could be 2-3 day depending upon you number of books. Then add in a creative narration once per week for literature. Lindafay’s blog has good ideas for this one. I would set a limit for pages or time and give specific essay type questions to be answered instead of the basic, “Tell Me all you know”. Hope that helps a bit. For question examples look at exam questions in the SCM modules or on Lindafay’s blog. They’ve been most helpful to me.
Yes, I just read about the Creative Narration ideas from Lindafay and that is most helpful. We are using SCM history modules, so I’ll be looking into those. I took some time today to make some notes from her site and SCM’s handbook, which are both so inspiring, yet, specific for someone like me. Having been utilizing CM methods for awhile now (5 years, or so), and reading through the material again (at a different place in life), has breathed new life and fresh ideas. (I labeled some composition books today, which I’m excited to use instead of binders especially for my 14yo. I think he will enjoy that much more…can’t say exactly why, but I just think he will.)
Thanks, Christie, you’ve been a great help.
Glad to help. Thinking it through out loud with feedback helps me, too.
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