What is the best way to tell stories to young children?
Modified on: Tue, 20 Dec, 2022 at 12:52 PM
- Choose a place where you and your child can sit together comfortably to share story time.
- Do turn off the radio or TV so that there are no distractions, especially if story time is part of bedtime routine and a time for your child to become calm and settled.
- Make sure that your child can clearly see the pictures in the book, or can see your face and facial expressions.
- Involve your child as you read by discussing various aspects of the story or doing the actions or making the sounds.
- Do let your child choose the book or story she wants, even if this means having the same story over and over again. You could always have the old favourite PLUS a new story.
- Co-create stories and then illustrate them. This can be great fun for the whole family. One person starts off the story and then each member of the family takes turns in adding detail or the next event. You can also use puppets or draw characters on the tips of your fingers to be finger puppets. Use different voices for different characters.
- Do get your child to express opinions and ask him questions that make your child think and require more than a 1- or 2-word answer.
- Link new things back to what she already knows and understands.
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