Tips to Make the Most out of Story-time
There is a proven direct link to children’s future academic performance and the positive early experiences they have.
By incorporating these tips into story-time you'll be helping children with language production, sequencing, predicting, social-emotional awareness and letter recognition.
A. Letter Recognition
Notice and talk about letters children may be more familiar with:“I notice an M here (like your name - Molly) let's see if we find more "M's throughout the story"
A story has a beginning, middle and an end - help children identify this throughout the story and also after.
C. SOCIAL EMOTIONAL AWARENESS
Identify and name feelings
- “How does this story make you feel? Why?”
- What do you think the character is feeling?
- How would that make you feel?”
D. OPEN-ENDED QUESTIONS
Encourage the language production and oral skills: because they don't have a yes/no answer or a right one!
- “Why did you like the story”
- “What did you think of this character?”
- "I wonder what this book is about?"
- “What do you think the picture tells us of what the story is?”
By reading to children and having them engage in the story (even if its just through the pictures) you will help them be better readers, improve oral skills,language production and form their opinions.