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Welcome to the May 31, 2011 edition of the Charlotte Mason Blog Carnival!  I am so excited about all the submissions! I know you will enjoy them as much as I did!

Let’s dive right in and see what Charlotte Mason says about narration ~

“This, of telling again, sounds very simple but it is really a magical creative process by means of which the narrator sees what he has conceived, so definite and so impressive is the act of narrating that which has been read only once.  I dwell on the single reading because, let me repeat, it is impossible to fix attention on that which we have heard before and know we shall hear again.”  A Philosophy Of Education, by Charlotte M. Mason, volume 6, pg 261.

“Narration is assimilating information and retelling it.  Anyone would listen closely if they knew they were going to retell what they had heard.  Just like when you’ve seen a documentary and tell your friend all about it the next day, you will remember it better! A Philosophy Of Education, by Charlotte M. Mason, Volume 6, pg 11.

Now I LOVE how Catherine Levison breaks it down for us ~

“HOW TO:  Read one single reading aloud, about 10 to 13 minutes for each book.  It is very important to have children’s full attention during the reading.  Don’t stop to define words during the reading;  they’ll usually understand the sentence or paragraph anyway.  Ask one of the listeners to tell you what you just read.  If they hesitate, ask them if they remember one thing of what you just read!”  A Charlotte Mason Education, by Catherine Levison, pg 12.

Now on to the Narration posts!  Enjoy!

Sarah presents Narration…The Foundation Stone of Learning  posted at All That’s Good

Jimmie presents  Notebooking With Creative Interviews posted at The Notebooking Fairy

Nadene presents Narration ~ A Natural Art posted at Practical Pages

Penney Douglas presents Natural Narration: Spontaneous Storytelling posted at Changed By Love

Lanaya presents Narration posted at Gore Family News

Kay Pelham presents Narration of Edward II…Story of King Robert the Bruce and Bohun | Pelham House posted at Pelham House

Barb – Harmony Art Mom presents Narrating a Speech from Ambleside Online’s List posted at Harmony Art Mom

Traci Brooks presents Mental Discipline: Capturing Details posted at Traci’s Teaching Times

Becky presents CM Monday- How We Narrate posted at Golden Acron Homeschool

Amy outta Peru presents A Mother Can Narrate Too posted at Educating Mother

Other Charlotte Mason Topics

Nancy presents Cooperating and Conferences posted at Sage Parnassus

Sarah presents All That’s Good: Van Gogh Diarama posted at All That’s Good

Michelle presents Life Skill: Proper Dishwashing posted at The Holistic Homeschooler

Pamela presents Beautiful Bandelier posted at Blah, Blah, Blog

Jennifer in MamaLand presents Wishy, Wishy… posted at Adventures in Mama-Land

Ann presents Playing the Harp and Piano as Part of Homeschooling posted at Harvest Moon by Hand

Ritsumei presents Nature At The Park posted at Baby Steps

Ann presents Outdoor Hour Challenge Spring Series #4: Wildflowers-Dandelions posted at Harvest Moon by Hand

I had fun getting to know a little about all the families here today!  Thanks so much for stopping by and enjoying the posts!

Be sure to submit your blog article to the next edition of the Charlotte Mason blog carnival using our Carnival Submission Form.

Which will take place on June 14, 2011 and the theme will be:  Nature Study!

Click HERE to see the list of other upcoming themes!

Suggested reading for Nature Study:

*CM series: Vol.1, pages 43 – 93

*PR article: How to Best Study Nature