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    Since I am fairly new at implementing the CM method, I was curious as to how many written and oral narrations to expect weekly from a 5th grader and 7th grader.


    Hi, I’m sorry I haven’t dropped by to answer yet. The question is sort of “it depends” Are both of your children experienced in oral narration? I wouldn’t begin written unless they understand what you expect for oral narration first. I usually begin at about age 10-11ish with one written narration per week, plus oral narraation every day, and copywork and dictation also. My oldest is 14 now, and I expect him to write something every day over one of his readings. I increase the written narrations in frequency as it becomes easier for the child to do them.


    We have been doing oral and written narrations sporadically but it has never been consistent. I think we will practice more of the oral narrations for the first few weeks and then move into written narrations. I had planned on doing a dictation exercise with them once a week; is that enough? What about copywork – what do you use for this? Thanks….:)


    You can use anything for copywork–the Bible, poetry, segments from their reading, or Spelling Wisdom, which you can buy from the main site. You can use just about anything you have around; I even found that if you take it from what they’re currently working on, it means a little more to them.

    HTH, Faith 🙂

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