Science and Narration


Norah has read each of her Magic School Bus books about twenty times. I’m not exaggerating. Twenty may even be low-ballin’ it. She loves Magic School Bus books.

After she read Color Day Relay the other day for the umpteenth time, I strongly encouraged (made) her do a narration on it.

And when she moaned like a wounded animal over my suggestion (assignment), I just told her to tell me one thing she remembered or found interesting about the book and draw a picture to illustrate it. I wrote down what she said and then she copied it under her drawing in her own handwriting.

She was more willing (less unwilling) to do this after I told her she’d get to draw a picture. She loves to draw.

I am hoping doing narrations like this will get her into the habit/ make her more inclined to record interesting things she comes across in her reading. As she gets older, eventually, she could learn how to teach herself just anything by “collecting” information like this in notebooks or journals.

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