When I first got into Charlotte Mason homeschooling, all efforts to teach Pamela to recite poems failed. Two years ago, I figured out that blending copywork and studied dictation with recitaiton enabled her to recite poems correctly! We worked through lots of poetry by A. A. Milne and other beloved poets. We started school on August 18 and I decided to see if she could handle recitating without the scaffolding of visual and written work. I picked a poem called Singing Time by Rose Fyleman (a lover of all things faerie) from the book Poems and Prayers for the Very Young. I deliberately choose a very easy poem from a very easy book to build a sense of confidence in Pamela.
Singing TimeHere is how I scaffolded this:
I wake in the morning early
And always, the very first thing,
I poke out my head and I sit up in bed
And I sing and I sing and I sing.
- I had Pamela read it aloud a few times each session.
- We backchained the learning of this poem by starting off with the last two lines.
- I said the end and then she said the end. We went back and forth a few times every session.
- Sometimes we practiced while rocking so that she can learn to feel the rhythm of poetry.
First Day/Rockin' Recitation
Ten Days Later