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7 Storytime Strategies to Boost Early Literacy (page 2)

7 Storytime Strategies to Boost Early Literacy

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Updated on Sep 17, 2013

Make a Prediction

Before you read a new book together, look at the cover and ask your child what she thinks the story will be about. What gives her that idea? Read the title and ask her if she still thinks her prediction is correct or if she wants to change it. After you read the book, evaluate her prediction to see how close she was. She may also wish to make predictions about what will happen next as you read the book together. This is also great practice for basic storytelling, which is a skill she'll learn in the coming years as she writes more.

Check for Comprehension

After you have read a story for the first time, ask a few questions to see how much she remembers and understood. If you ask a question she can't answer, help her find the answer in the book, and then reread the page the answer is found on. Good reading comprehension skills will serve her well as she begins to read.

Creating a love of books and learning in your young child is more important than any literacy skill. Beware of focusing too much on the skill and forgetting to enjoy books together. Enjoy great books together often and when it feels right, and sneak in a little bit of extra learning as you snuggle up and read!

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