Plutarch Narrations from a 9 Year Old

Moozle has been listening in on our Plutarch readings since she was about 7 years old and has often surprised me by jumping in and giving her version of the story. I’ve just started her on written narrations this week by asking her to write a sentence on something she’s read or I’ve read aloud to her. She wrote a couple of sentences after I read Our Island Story but she really wanted to write a narration based on Plutarch’s life of Nicias which we started a few weeks ago. One of her brothers chose to write his narration from the viewpoint of Cleon, the antagonist, and Moozle decided she’d do something similar:


Yesterday I had to go out for a while and when I returned she’d done the work I’d asked her to do under the supervision of one of my older children who was home holding the fort, and then she produced three more narrations she decided to write while I was out. (Her enthusiasm was partly because I said she could write in a lecture notepad… :))
Last night she showed them to her dad and he read them aloud with a dramatic flourish (keeping the niaces and afears etc. intact).




Today she was still on a roll and came up with this:


We take the child to the living sources of history – a child of seven is fully able to comprehend Plutarch, in Plutarch’s own words (translated*), without any diluting and with little explanation.
Charlotte Mason, Volume II 

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