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Early Literacy Tip: Narrative Skills

"Narrative skills" is a term that means helping pre-reading children to develop comprehension skills and to learn that all stories have a beginning, middle, and end.  Even before they can read, it’s helpful for your preschoolers to tell stories, act out stories, or make up their own stories.  At Storytime in the Park we read the Piggie & Elephant story I Am Invited to a Party! and afterwards I had two volunteers come up to be Piggie and Gerald, and we used costumes to act out the story that had just been read.

If you search our catalog for the subject “Stories without words,” you’ll get over 200 results of amazing wordless books like the 2012 Caldecott Medal winner, A Ball for Daisy by Chris Raschka.  There is also a great series of wordless books about a dog named “Jack” by Pat Schories.  I recently took When Jack Goes Out to a preschool visit and was surprised at the interest and involvement of the kids in helping me talk about the illustrations and what was taking place in the story.

These are two suggestions to get you started in an enjoyable and educational activity with the children in your care.

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