For the last few weeks, Jay has been fighting about doing narrations for History & Science. I don't really understand why, since he naturally narrates to me about almost every book he reads for fun. Somehow, though, having to narrate for school is different. So, we discussed narration and what our possible alternatives are.
Narration does a lot of things. If the parent/teacher is reading aloud, it improves the child's listening skills. If the child reads & then narrates, it improves reading for information (as opposed to reading for fun). Oral narration improves public speaking skills - volume, talking speed, and diction. Written narration improves writing skills. Any narration improves attention, comprehension, and memory. Narration uses (and thus improves) multiple study/note-taking skills, such as organizing thoughts, focusing on the important parts of the text, and putting the information into their own words.
That is a lot to be covered by one simple process! So, we discussed these benefits of narration & why they are needed. Then, we discussed the alternatives, which basically comes down to doing a lot of extra work, because I can't think of anything else that covers all of those things at once. So, he still isn't thrilled with doing narrations (and I still don't know why, since he can't/won't give me a real reason), but he has decided to continue with them, anyway.