Last week’s book review mentioned narrative skills, so I thought I’d take a moment to give you a little more information. A child who can describe things and events and tell a story has well developed narrative skills. Being able to talk about and explain what happens in a story helps a child understand what he is reading. In other words, good narrative skills lead to good reading comprehension.
This is the most difficult of the early literacy skills to work on, largely because it requires the most parental involvement! The easiest way to work on your child’s narrative skills is to talk to her — or more appropriately, have her talk to you — as much as possible. Ask her about her about her day, then ask questions to get her to explain even more. Have her “read” you a wordless picture book. Read a book with a repeating theme and ask your child to predict what will happen next. Read a book a couple of times, then ask your child to tell it back to you in their own words. Check out our narrative skills page for even more suggestions!
More great books for building narrative skills!