Topic | Struggling with narration – 7 year old

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  • Rebekah

    My son is 7, soon to be 8, and I started narration with him last year when he was in 1st grade. He loves reading and being read to and he’s a great conversationalist, but it feels like pulling teeth when I ask him to narrate. He gets this attitude of “I can’t remember” or “it’s not fun” and it seems to turn him off from what we’re reading if he knows he will have to narrate. He has a great memory and at times he has told me about something he read/heard in an audiobook he listened to without my prompting, and I make sure to tell him he has done a great job narrating, even though he didn’t really realize that’s what he was doing. I feel like I have followed the suggested steps to introduce a student to the concept of narration so I’m not sure what else to try. I know I haven’t had him practice it enough because it’s such a struggle when we work on it. Any suggestions?


    Have you tried having him do a different form of narration? A drawing to tell you about, for example?  SCM has a fantastic list of possibilities and I bet one of them would be right up his alley. I had a point in time where one of my sons built something out of legos for his narration and then had to explain it to me so I understood why he built that particular thing.

    Here’s the SCM list:



    Thanks, Tristan. I have seen that list before, but I couldn’t remember where to find it.

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