Narration is simple. That means it is not complex to implement. You don’t need to buy anything. You merely ask your child to tell back (or write) what she just read (or heard).
However, narration is not simple in the sense that it is easy for the child to do. It is a complex cognitive (thinking) task. So although you’re asking a simple question, “So what did we read today?” the thought processes your child has to use to narrate are quite challenging.
As you develop the narration habit in your Charlotte Mason homeschool and practice narration, you may encounter some of these common problems. I certainly have faced these at various points with Sprite.
- Narration is Too Hard This article outlines the cognitive challenge that narrating poses and some tips for making it easier.
- The Narration Has Factual Errors What should you do when a narration is just plain wrong?
- The Narration is Full of Mistakes This article deals with written narrations that have loads of misspellings, punctuation errors, etc.
- The Narration Contains Extra Information Is it a problem when a child likes to elaborate on a retelling by adding her own details?
- The Narration Lacks the Main Idea If a narration is missing the main idea, you know there is a problem. This article outlines what the problems may be and how to address them.
As my daughter develops and faces more challenging reading material, some of these problems resurface. But the good news is that narration becomes second nature as it is practiced over the years.
Oral narrations lay the foundation for written narrations. Written narrations lay the foundation for expository writing. So it is worth the investment of time and energy to correct the narration problems you see during homeschool lessons.
I’d love to know what problems your children commonly have with narration and what works best to solve them.