A key idea in Charlotte Mason
curriculum 'for British children tutored at home': after having read or discussed a text, the child should be able to restate, in their own words, what the text meant to them, whether in words or pictures.
That is, having talked about Halley’s Comet
, they might speak or produce a series of drawings about how the comet might have looked down upon differing scenes in history, from the Norman Invasion onward.
Made famous by Deborah Mitford, who, one particularly dull afternoon, answered her mother that she had nothing to say about the text whatsoever.
“Not one word, little D?” Muv asked. “Can you give me so little as that?”
“Yes.”she said. “One word:’the’."