Narration is an essential activity to reinforce critical thinking and literature analysis. In my home, narration is a daily activity. As I have discovered daily activities can lack a certain luster after some time. Narration was no exception and after sometime was in need a tune up. So I found a way that requires little space, effort, money and time but adds in fun and excitement. I created narration flip cards.
Narration Flip Cards
colored index cards (if you can find the ones with holes already punched in that would be great)
hole puncher, if you did not find the index cards with holes already punched in.
rings, yarn, or even twist ties
1. Take out five cards for each of the five different colors.
2. Using your hole puncher, punch two holes near either corner at the short side or the long sides depending on your preference, on each card.
3. Organize your five different colors into separate groups to represent a week out of the month. For instance, pink is for the first week, green for the second…you get the idea.
4. Using your sharpie, mark all of one color “narration set A” and then on each individual write the days of the week. Continue this for all four weeks so you will end with five cards of the same color marked: “Narration Set A”, “Narration Set B”, “Narration Set C”, and “Narration Set D”. On each of those sets the cards will each be marked with a day of the school week.
5. Take your first week or “Narration Set A” and write on each card for each day a different narration activity. Then go to the second week and do the same. Never repeat a narration activity in the same week…but you can repeat it in subsequent weeks.
6. Organize your cards by sets and days and then connect all the cards using a ring, yarn, or even twist ties.
Voila! Now you have Narration Flip Cards with a nice rotation of ideas to keep your children interested. You can organize your rotation any way you want. You can have all Mondays the same and so on. You can have all the days different if you want!
If you find the idea of having sets a bit crazy then simply leave that off and keep the days of the week or leave it all off and gather a bunch of narration ideas and mark the different cards and flip through as you see fit. Tailor make this to fit your family and your personality.
If you need some ideas for narration activities then click HERE.