“Narrating is an art, like poetry-making and painting; because it is there, in every child’s mind, waiting to be discovered.” – Charlotte Mason
Narration means telling a story in an orderly fashion by presenting events in a logical sequence. A narrative paragraph tells a story about something that happened to you or someone else, or about something you saw or heard. Yes, it also includes the endless, winding stories that our children tell us. And the colourful gossips that friends and relatives discuss with relish. But here, we are talking about narration in the written form; the knack of expressing oneself through the written word. In today’s world of SMS lingo and emoji’s, this seems to be becoming a lost art.
In a study conducted at various schools across Bangalore, 74% of children (aged 10 to 13 years) were able to construct narrations skilfully while doing any task, while the remaining 24% of the children were unable to do so.
The remaining 26% of children were not able to construct narrations skilfully, which might also affect their writing skills.
How does this affect your child’s writing skills?
- This has an effect on your child’s Narrative writing:
(The skill to narrate affects the way your child writes. Narrative writing is often anecdotal, experiential, and personal—allowing students to express themselves in creative ways.)
- Technical writing
- Creative writing
For a child to improve his/her writing skills, he/she must have good listening skills. One must listen, in order to learn and understand information which will help expand his/her vocabulary. This extensive vocabulary can then be applied to his/her writing.
How can you help your child?
Any form of writing requires a clear sense of direction, a well-defined purpose. Ability to construct a narrative skilfully becomes imperative to achieve this. This involves engaging your kids in interactive exercises with an aim to help them polish their narrative abilities and sharpen their writing skills.