However, even narration can grow tedious for a child if he is repeatedly expected to retell the events from most of his schoolbooks day in and day out. Children are very good at making and having fun. I have noticed that my kiddos try to find enjoyment in everything they do. This is why I am always telling my 4 year old to stop skipping through the house; and to my 8dd-'stop chatting while you write.' While lessons need not always be with a party atmosphere, I agree with Mary Poppins, "In every job that must be done, there is an element of fun. You find the fun, and snap, the job's a game." (And she ought to know since she is practically perfect in every way.)
Miss Mason spoke of various narration methods. Here are some of the forms that we use on a regular basis:
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This list is not conclusive, but is just what we have found to work for our family. No doubt, many of you have heard of these suggestions before, but I thought it might be helpful to some readers if I explain just how we implement these forms in our day and why particular forms are chosen for some books while other narration forms are chosen for others. I plan to do this in a series of short posts rather than a very long one. But that's all for today. :-)
one step at a time...