Children need to understand that stories have a beginning, middle and ending before formal reading instruction begins. Understanding the sequence of events in a story will help children’s comprehension.
The ability to describe things and events and to develop stories is referred to as narrative skills, and is critical in learning to read. Use dialogic reading by asking open-ended questions that can’t be answered with a simple “yes” or “no” response. Younger children benefit from hearing you tell about your activities, while older children can relate their activities to you.
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