I’m so excited! I just tried something new with Hannah, and it seems to have worked well.
First, some background information. Last year I started requiring narrations from Hannah at times. (Narrating is listening carefully then telling back in your own words.) Hannah would usually give me a one-sentence narration, worded as a question. I was quite happy with that attempt since she was just starting out.
Today I decided to encourage her to take a step further in her narrating. We got out Aesop’s Fables. She had heard a few last year, but this time we were going to use them more fully. I wanted her to narrate the fable and I would write down her narration. Then we could use that narration for copywork. I figured that we could also work on wording her sentences as statements rather than questions too.
So before we read I wrote down two key words: fox, grapes. I told her that this story was about a fox and some grapes, and I wanted her to listen closely then tell me what happened to the fox and the grapes and I would write it down.
I read the story aloud, then asked, “What happened to the fox and the grapes?” She gave me the first part of the story, worded as a question, but still the first part of the story: “Did the fox try to reach the grapes?” I tried to prompt a statement by writing “The fox tried . . . ” and she finished the sentence for me “to reach the grapes.”
That in and of itself was pretty much expected. What I didn’t expect was the rest of her narration. It seems that while I was taking time to write down each of her statements, she was taking time to formulate each of her statements. So using this method of my writing her words, she was able to put together this narration:
Did the fox try to reach the grapes?
Were they out of reach?
Did the fox walk away?
Were the grapes sour?
We reworded each sentence as a statement, but I was thrilled with the comprehensive nature of her narration. I’m thinking this idea of key words given first and time to process between each narration sentence is going to produce some great results!