This is the time of year I am often asked this question,
"Are you going to school throughout the summer?"
I love these end of chapter questions from Karen Andreola's A Charlotte Mason Companion, this from her section on narration (Ch 15, Tips on Narration): If you don't like the idea of "calling it quits" entirely during the summer, narration from whole books can leisurely supply any bored child with new ideas on long summer days. How could you keep it casual and informal, paying heed to any spontaneous narrations? Can you think of any fun books you'd like to introduce to the children this summer?
Uh, yeah, I think so!!! So, in answer to that question; for ourselves, we will indeed continue learning throughout our summer days, but definately in a much more leisurely fashion. We will purposefully engage in alot more nature study including walks, days at the seashore, visits to farm stands and Saturday markets, ferry rides, days at the lake, more visits with family and especially grandparents. We will talk about all these events in narration style which in reality it will be in the form of retellings of our days, drawings, photographs, writings, including stories from the children in no particular order.
One of the best things about beginning narration with children from about age 6 and up, it helps to gently prepare them for the writing process, which is really just narrating on paper! Composition is the term Charlotte Mason calls written narration. This happens at around age 10, or sooner if the child is ready. If you have boys, this might be a little later (as is the case with mine) due to physical writing tends to be a tad more difficult. The ideas are all there, but sometimes getting them all down on the paper is tricky, so we do a little with him writing, then I may finish the writing as he dictates.
A good fine motor preparation is having them copy their own narrations they have dictated to you and then it becomes their written work after it has been carefully copied over. As it was their words all along, this is a lovely confidence booster as well and fits beautifully with Charlotte's motto of "I am, I can, I ought, I will" for the children.
What are you doing for Summer School?? If you are able to share I'll compile all your ideas into another post for others to ruminate and ponder!
Many blessings in your day, and as always, thanks for visiting.