three-bears1Can you tell a story? Sure, you can! Can your child tell a story? Telling stories is a skill needed for learning to read later. (The fancy name is Narrative Skills).

We’re not talking anything professional here. But can a child talk about something starting at the beginning, moving through a middle, and wrapping up with an ending? That’s basic storytelling.

How is it developed?

  • Talk about your day–what have you done, what are you doing next.
  • Put things in order. What comes first when making pancakes and then what?
  • Take things out of order! “Goldilocks came to the three bears house and decided to take a nap.” “Noooooo (giggle, giggle) she ate the porridge first!”
  • Finally read books with strong story lines that are easy to remember. Memorable events, repetitions, and emotional connections all help us remember a story.

Here’s some recommendations:

  • The Gunniwolf by Harper
  • The Hat by Brett
  • The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything by Williams
  • If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Numeroff
  • Rainstorm by Lehman (a wordless book, what better way to create a story!)