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Learn to Read - Story Talk

Talking about what you read is another way to help children develop language and thinking skills. You don't need to plan the talk, discuss every story, or expect an answer.

What You'll Need

  • Reading materials

What To Do

  1. Read slowly and pause occasionally to think out loud about a story. You can speculate: "I wonder what's going to happen next!" Or ask a question: "Do you know what a palace is?" Or point out: "Look where the little mouse is now."
  2. Answer your children's questions, and if you think they don't understand something, stop and ask them. Don't worry if you break into the flow of a story to make something clear.
  3. Read the name of the book's author and illustrator and make sure your children understand what they do.
Talking about stories they read helps children develop their vocabularies, link stories to everyday sense out of stories.

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