If you are seeking to learn about narration in a Charlotte Mason homeschool, it is best to read Charlotte Mason’s original words. Start with Part IX of Home Education entitled The Art of Narrating. It is not a long passage, but it is meaty. Take your time digesting the ideas there.
She says that narrating, or telling back, comes naturally to a child, so it is a natural teaching method. Later, in Part XIII Composition, CM says that composition (writing) is the natural outcome of narration. When a child learns to identify the main ideas, summarize a passage, internalize the meanings, and retell it in an organized fashion (all parts of the narration task), it is fairly easy to transfer those ideas into a written composition.
There is overlap in the ideas in these various blog posts and articles linked below, but narration is such a cornerstone of CM education that repetition is often necessary.
Series of Narration Basics
More Narration Helps
- gaining a cohesive picture
- notebooking and narrating
- narration questions