Retelling a story is an important skill that supports later reading comprehension. Allowing your child multiple opportunities to be able to retell a familiar story will help to continue to build upon these skills. This can be after they return from school for the day or at bedtime after reading their favorite book. Here is a fun resource to utilize when approaching this skill:
- Characters: Ask your child who was in the story, if they are unable to independently recall the information open the book back up! Let them find the character and give them the opportunity to answer the questions this way!
- Setting: Ask your child where they are in the book, this can be general such as outside or specific such as at the swing set at the park. This will differ depending on each child and where they are in their language development.
- Problem: Time to find the problem in the story! Ask them what went wrong, did the monkey fall off the bed? Or maybe Pete the Cat got his shoes dirty! If they are unable to answer the questions that’s okay! Go back through the book and search together!
- Events: This is everything in the middle!
- Solution: How did the story come to an end? Was everyone happy, and how did they get there?