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Narrative Skills

Being able to describe and explain things is an important skill for preschool children - it gets them ready to read. Picture books are a wonderful way to encourage children to talk about what they see and "what will happen next." Let young children look at the pictures in a book and make up their own story.

Children need to develop a "sense of a story" and learn that each story has a "beginning", "middle", and "end." As they get older, they can learn that some stories have a "beginning", "problem," and then a "resolution" or solution to that problem.

To start building narrative skills, ask children to repeat phrases or parts of a story. Using props, puppets or even stuffed animals can be a fun way to ask a child to act out a story. Be sure to ask children questions while reading stories, give them time to answer (count to 5 to yourself), and be positive about each response - these questions should not have "right" or "wrong" answers.

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