How many sentences would an acceptable narration for 2nd gr?
Posted 19 March 2008 - 08:50 AM
Do you think that would work? How many sentences should a "2nd grader" be able to write during that time? I don't want to say to her write x number of sentences - I want her to just let it flow .....but I also don't want her to dawdle and maybe only get 2 written. Kwim? Maybe as we just do this it will become clear to me what to expect of her.....
Another ?.... if the narration doesn't get done in 20 min - should I just let her continue? come back to it? it becomes "homework"? we just pick up and start again the next day?
Posted 19 March 2008 - 09:49 AM
My dd is youngish for grade (Oct birthday), so maybe that's why, but she's not overly eager as a writer. I think she'd be very resistant to doing a written narration all on her own.
Would it be possible to have your K and 2nd doing the narration together? They could take turns giving different details that you could write down for one group narration? Or one could narrate one day and the other the next day. Or switch from lesson to lesson? Or just let the 2nd grader do it and the Ker could just listen in?
FWIW, I usually read history/science for about 15 minutes or so, and then have dd narrate for about 5 minutes. I write her narrations, and we usually get 3-5 sentences in that amount of time. Works well for us.
Posted 19 March 2008 - 10:32 AM
I'm pretty sure the progression outlined in WTM is
1st. Orally narrate, parent writes.
2nd. Orally narrate, parent writes, student copies.
3rd. Orally narrate, parent writes & then dictates back to student, who writes from dictation.
4th. Student writes independently.
So for 2nd, asking your dd to write it on her own sounds like it *might* be a lot, depending on her skill level.
Posted 19 March 2008 - 09:50 PM
Posted 19 March 2008 - 09:57 PM
My 3rd grader prefers to write out his own narration.
Just sharing what works in our family.
Posted 19 March 2008 - 10:39 PM
Posted 19 March 2008 - 11:10 PM
I find that it also depends on what the chapter is about. Some concepts are easier to narrate than others. When we did Henry VIII, we found that talking and working through the narration was enough. There were so many confusing details. Not that SWB made it confusing, but when a guy marries his dead brothers' wife, and then goes on to have 5 other wives with natural and unnatural deaths involved, it's a little complicated for my 7yo dd;)
I would also hold off on requiring your 5yo to do a narration each time. There is plenty of time to work on that skill in grade 1, imho.
Anyhow, you have to figure out what will work well for your children, and you know them best.
So have fun working out your routine.
Posted 19 March 2008 - 11:27 PM