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Narrative Skills


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Getting a child ready to read involves nurturing a number of skills, including the ability to tell a story. Have fun with your children and tell stories together -- Help them get ready to read.

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Narrative Skills

  1. 1. Narrative Skills Getting Ready to Read Telling a Story: What Happens Next
  2. 2. Story Telling <ul><li>Describe things </li></ul><ul><li>Events, stories </li></ul><ul><li>Sequences </li></ul><ul><li>Procedures </li></ul><ul><li>Speaking helps reading </li></ul>
  3. 3. Describe Things <ul><li>Spoken & written language correlated </li></ul><ul><li>Oral skills create readiness to read </li></ul><ul><li>Speaking well, higher vocabulary, higher reading scores </li></ul>
  4. 4. Family Mealtime <ul><li>Great for narrative skills </li></ul><ul><li>Ask what everyone did during day </li></ul><ul><li>Use oral language in variety of ways </li></ul><ul><li>Telling or retelling stories helps children </li></ul>
  5. 5. Develop Narrative Skills <ul><li>Listen when child talks, tells stories. </li></ul><ul><li>Tell stories to children </li></ul><ul><ul><li>– Family stories </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>When child was born </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>About relatives </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Share books, talk about pictures </li></ul>
  6. 6. Share Stories Together <ul><li>Read wordless stories </li></ul><ul><li>Let child make up </li></ul><ul><li>Tell childhood classics together </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The Three Little Pigs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The Three Billy Goats Gruff </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Expand on Stories <ul><li>Add to what child says </li></ul><ul><li>If child says, “big truck,” say, “Yes, a big red fire truck.” </li></ul>
  8. 8. Be Creative, Have Fun <ul><li>Use puppets, dolls </li></ul><ul><li>Have child pretend, write down their stories </li></ul><ul><li>Relate child’s stories to child’s life </li></ul><ul><li>Ask questions like, “What do you think is happening in this picture?” </li></ul><ul><li>“ What was your favorite part of the story?” </li></ul>
  9. 9. Early Literacy Skills <ul><li>Oral skills make reading easier </li></ul><ul><li>Encourage children to talk </li></ul><ul><li>Prepare them to read </li></ul>