Sharing stories now lays the foundation for a lifetime of reading.
Choose a story and pick one of three levels. To extend learning, you can:
- Focus on letters and basic sounds by asking “What letter or sound does this word start with?”
- Focus on the pictures by asking “Can you find the circles in this picture?” or “What colors do you see here?”
- Help children figure out what words mean by asking “What do you see in this picture?”
- Focus on the storyline by asking “What is happening here?”
- Help children predict what might happen next by asking “What do you think Elmo might do next?” or “What do you want to happen next?”
- Read the story once, then start again and ask kids to “read” the story to you in their own words.
- Encourage children to add on to the story by asking “What do you think happens after this story ends?” or “What if this weren’t the end? What might happen next?”
- Let children control the story experience by clicking the arrows to turn the pages, and clicking the words to hear what they mean and see the picture wiggle.
- Relate the story back to children’s own experiences and feelings.
- Ask children to tell you about their favorite part of the story.
- Remind kids that stories can take us on adventures to places we’ve never been! When choosing a book, you might say, “What kind of adventure should we go on today?”
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