Narration is a way of testing your homeschooled children in a way that is low pressure and low stress. When your student narrates something to you, they tell you what they’ve heard back in their own words. Narration cards are cards with Charlotte Mason narration ideas on them that you can buy for a few dollars or make yourself. Let’s look at these cards more closely below.
What is Narration?
An Example of the Use of Narration Cards
Where Do Narration Cards Come In?
6th to 8th Grade
6th to 8th grade narration cards should have simple narration ideas in comparison to latter grades. Some ideas are:
- Make a fun puppet show with the ideas you’ve just read about in a book
- Get pencils and draw a scene from the book you’ve just learned, including a caption
- Tell me five things you remembered about what we just read.
8th to 10th Grade
- Write a poem about the book you’ve just read
- Write a song about the ebook you’ve just read
- Make a quiz based on the story you’ve just read
- Pick two characters and tell me what’s similar and what’s different about them.
Mature students should be quite good at narration, so parents can expect more. By now teenagers should be great orators, ready to tell you their summary on demand. Some great ideas to put on narration cards for 10th Grade+ are:
- Pick a scene you’ve just read about and make a movie script about it
- Create a character map (how different characters relate to others
- Make an illustrated timeline. [Build Your Library]
Where to Buy Narration Cards
If you don’t want to make your own, you can buy these cards from Build Your Library. Each grade category costs only $2 or the whole set for about $5 which would be easier if you plan testing via this method through all grades. BYL also offers narration cards for different subjects, such as science, history, or biology specific cards.
Charlotte Mason narration cards help make your homeschooling education more fun by making testing into more of a game. It can teach your children great debating skills and give them more confidence when they try their hand at public speaking. Additionally, students learn how to express themselves through different mediums, be it poetry, STEM or art. Narration is already a great way of testing children and adding cards to spice up the way you do this makes things more fun for children and parents who are involved in the whole process.