Friday, October 9, 2009

Bible narration

I don't follow any of the educational routes religiously.  But the one that resonates the most with me is the Charlotte Mason approach.  I wish I had done it more with my older kids when they were young.  I especially find her method of narration to be helpful with my boys, to make sure they get what we are reading about.  I will often read them something and then ask them to tell me the story back like I was someone who never heard it before, or tell me all you know about so and so.  I use it a lot with our Bible reading.  Owen especially enjoys narrating back to me.  He is very particular that I write down exactly what he tells me and disputes with himself the best way to put things.  It's fun, except sometime he can go on and on.

We are reading the book of Joshua for our Bible reading, and the other day I asked him to tell me all he knew about the cities of refuge.  Here is what he told me.

You go there when you accidentally kill somebody.  And then the people who had the brother that you accidentally killed go to the city of refuge, then they talk to the gatemen and they say "This guy is in there and he killed my brother."  and the gatemen say "Whoa, whoa, whoa, this guy killed him on accident.  Go back to your city whatever name it is." and the elders of the city give him a place.  And when the high priest dies the person who accidentally killed someone can go home.

I just get such a kick out of that!  Sometimes being a home schooling mom can be such a hoot.


  1. Oh that is just absolutely hilarious! I can just see Owen saying that!

  2. That is great. I still have some of our narrations from when the kids were little. Such fun. I don't do it enough anymore.

  3. Sounds like he got comprehended the cities of refuge! Bravo Owen...and a little fun for Mom to boot ;-).

  4. I love that: "whoa, whoa, whoa". My Isaiah would've added tons of hand motions to that and sound effects. Do yours do sound effects? :)

  5. If he thought of using sound effects, he probably would. He made me count the "whoas" to make sure I got the proper number. :)