After one of our lessons today which was based on a read aloud I asked the children to give me a narration. I was met with one sentence answers. I was horrified! After talking and explaining what I expected I got two sentences. Not much better.
We then read another section of our story – this time with them being warned that I will be expecting a narration. They did much better. But it is obviously something we have to work on.
What we are dealing with here is lazy muscles. We haven’t done this for a while and the children weren’t actively listening, they weren’t getting involved with the reading material.
- Warn them and tell them what my expectations are
- Keep reading matter suitable both in depth of subject matter and duration of reading – maybe 10minutes
- Do it regularly – at least twice a day (two different subjects)
- Be prepared to ask prompting questions. I’m going to print off this list.
- Find other times to ask the children to retell (Science, Movies, Outings)