Narrative skills inspire a child’s understanding of how stories work. This includes the experiences of telling and retelling stories and describing ideas and events in order.
Why is this important?
Research shows that the best reading experiences occur when children become involved in the story. When books are read aloud to them, they will see that there is a beginning, middle, and end to the story. This creates an understanding of what reading is, along with an appreciation for stories and learning.
What can you do?
- Share a variety of books with your child and talk about the stories — even with your baby.
- Make reading aloud interactive by involving your child in the story — asking, “What do you think is going to happen next?” or “What is the boy doing?”
- Recite nursery rhymes often. These are little stories with a beginning, a middle and an ending.
- Ask your child to tell you about something that happened during the day.
- Use a puppet or stuffed toy to help tell a story.
- Inspire imaginative play with a dress-up box.
Which books are best?
Choose books with a story sequence that is easy to follow, yet interesting. A story can be as simple as a nursery rhyme, but look for books that will get you and your child talking together.
Books to share:
- Animal Crackers by Jane Dyer
- More, More, More Said the Baby by Vera B. Williams
- My Friend Rabbit by Eric Rohmann
- The Best Pet of All by David La Rochelle
This information was shared from Kent District Library, Comstock Park ,MI.
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Last updated: March 28, 2016