21 August 2010
A narration from The Lion in the Box
Here are the drawn and written narrations my daughter did from our reading of The Lion in the Box by Marguerite De Angeli. It was such a fun book. All my little girls loved it.
Narration is retelling. It is not memorization or parroting. It includes feelings and reactions. It is not word for word, but point to point. It is a type of essay response to a broad open-ended questioning, a recall of information. In the strictest sense, narration is an immediate recall of information seen, read, or heard. in a more liberal sense, it is often used as a quest for information that has been seen, read, or heard after a period of time in the form of exams or evaluation of a child's knowledge on a particular subject. But even in the latter sense, the work of oral narration must have gone on before in order that the child retain the knowledge in question. Maryellen St. Cyr
And all of this of course leads us to the idea that the child be attentive. Charlotte Mason said,
"When the mind has not attended or had the leisure to do the work of the mind, only superficial activities of impressions and less thought can be the result of dealing with this information."