Children should be saved the Effort of Decision.––That the effort of decision is the most exhausting effort of life, has been well said from the pulpit; and if that remain true about ourselves, even when the decision is about trifling matters of going or coming, buying or not buying, it surely is not just to leave the children all the labour of an effort of will whenever they have to choose between the right and the wrong.
Charlotte Mason, Vol 1, p. 100
[I]n the act of narrating every power of his mind comes into play, that points and bearings which he had not observed are brought out; that the whole is visualized and brought into relief in an extraordinary way; in fact, that scene or argument has become a part of his personal experience; he knows, he has assimilated what he has read. This is not memory work.
Charlotte Mason, Vol. 6 p. 16
A. Narration is the means to know truly. (C. Smith)
As we have already urged, there is but one right way, that is, children must do the work for themselves. They must read the given pages and tell what they have read, they must perform, that is, what we may call the act of knowing. We are all aware, alas, what a monstrous quantity of printed matter has gone into the dustbin of our memories, because we have failed to perform that quite natural and spontaneous 'act of knowing,' as easy to a child as breathing and, if we would believe it, comparatively easy to ourselves.
Charlotte Mason, Vol. 6 p. 99
B. Since narration helps students own what they know, this kind of knowledge is transformative and builds moral character. (C. Smith)
C. Narration develops students who are better readers, thinkers, and writers in a holistic way. (C. Smith)
Son: Mom, do I have to narrate this to you? I just read it. I know it.
Mom: You do not know what you cannot tell. I'm not asking you to narrate as a means of a test. I'm asking you to narrate because if you can tell it, then you truly know it.