"'Education is the Science of Relations'; that is, that a child has natural relations with a vast number of things and thoughts: so we train him upon physical exercises, nature lore, handicrafts, science and art, and upon many living books, for we know that our business is not to teach him all about anything, but to help him to make valid as many as may be of––
'Those first-born affinities,
That fit our new existence to existing things.'"

Charlotte Mason, A Philosophy of Education
with a quote from The Prelude by William Wordsworth

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Flowchart Notes

I can across this link on another list and it looked like a really neat idea for narration especially if your kids like to draw. It is simply a flowchart where you draw a picture and then write what happened below it, and when put it all together you get a story.

It is more in depth than a single picture narration and yet not as extensive as a lapbook. The idea came from this page at mrcoley.com, the web site of a fifth grade teacher. He also has a pdf available describing it. My kids' pictures won't be as nice as these but I think they will enjoy the process and improve their note-taking skills.


Jimmie said...

I love flowcharts. I hadn't considered using them for narrations, per se. Thanks for the great idea. They work well for plot diagrams when analyzing literature.

L a u r a said...

I love this idea. I haven't been able to keep up with lap books, and this flow chart is an efficient way to get it all down. Thanks!