Child memorized the model?!

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Child memorized the model?!

Postby BetsyL » Wed Apr 27, 2016 2:34 pm

I've just started Aesop with my 8 year old, following a two-week-per-model schedule. By the time we completed a week of the recommended preparation and an outline early the following week, she had the model memorized and narrated her "first" draft to me almost word-for-word. Does anyone think that might be a problem in terms of developing her writing ability? Should I choose models that are longer than those in the Aesop workbook? She was pushed by the preparation and especially by the outlining to analyze the story, but she seemed to be on auto-pilot while narrating. Any suggestions would be welcome. Thank you!
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Re: Child memorized the model?!

Postby Carolyn » Thu Apr 28, 2016 9:16 am

It's not a problem at all. The ability to memorize a passage after a careful study of it is a blessing, and won't hinder her development as a writer at all. Later on, in our next book, we teach ways to shuffle sentences around, by means of paraphrase, synonyms, reordering elements, and the like. This is a little early for that.

Since she's got the content part of the narration down pat - at least for this model, and quite likely for others as you continue - you can turn your attention away from that to punctuation, capitalization, and other things. if she's got those memorized too, then the writing projects at this point may just plain be easy for her. If everything were easy, I'd suggest picking up the pace. Since you mention that the preparation/analysis was a challenge, I'd keep working at the same pace, and the difficult parts can be balanced by the ease of the narrations.
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Re: Child memorized the model?!

Postby BetsyL » Fri Apr 29, 2016 11:37 am

Thanks so much. That was a helpful and reassuring answer!
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