Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Building Narrative Skills

Narrative skills are an essential component of the early literacy skills children need to have in order to be able to read and write. Narrative skills are all about storytelling – being able to describe things, tell events in order and retell stories. The ability to do these things helps children understand what they hear when you read to them and will help with reading comprehension later on.

Here are some ways you can help your child develop narrative skills:

· Ask questions that encourage conversations rather than yes/no or right/wrong answers. Instead of, "Do you have your shoes on?" ask "Where are your shoes?"

· Talk about your day and its series of events. Narrate your actions in simple terms. You could say "First we’ll eat breakfast, then we’ll brush our teeth, and then we’ll get dressed and go to the park."

· Retell familiar stories without the book.

· When reading a story, guess what comes next – or come up with a different ending.

· Read stories without words. This is great for developing narrative skills!

· Read a story and let your child retell it, act it out, or draw it and explain the drawing.

· Have your child talk about what he knows and retell real-life events ("What did you do this morning?").

· Use props to retell a story – you can use puppets, toys, and even cardboard boxes!

· Ask your child to tell you a story.

· Have your child tell you about pictures she draws.

· As your child gets older, label not just things but also actions, feelings, and ideas. Talk about your own feelings. Use words to say what your child might be feeling. 

Guest post by Allison C.

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