Sunday, April 22, 2007

Why start at the beginning?

Play around with stories! Narrative skills are an important part of early literacy. Narrative skills "is the ability to describe things and events and tell stories." Why is this important? Being able to talk about what happens in a story helps children understand what they are reading. This will help them build comprehension skills when they learn to read.

This new book, The End, by David LaRochelle and illustrated by Richard Egielski, plays with the concept of the beginning of a story and the end. Here, LaRochelle starts at the end!

"When a princess makes some lemonade, she starts a chain of events involving a fire-breathing dragon, one hundred rabbits, a hungry giant, and a handsome knight."

Have your own fun with stories:

  • Make up silly stories!
  • Ask your child to tell you a story.

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