One type of play is make-believe play. When children are engaging in imaginative play, ask them to tell you about what they are doing. This will help them practice telling stories, which builds narrative and vocabulary skills. When you have a conversation with them and add to their stories, you are enhancing those skills.
Notes from Story Time Category: Narrative
|Who likes to play pretend? One benefit of playing make-believe at home (besides being so fun) is that it encourages vocabulary and narrative skills, which are important pre-reading skills. The cool characters and settings that we see in picture books like Princess Super Kitty by Antoinette Porter by can inspire new ideas for playtime.
Most children enjoy playing with dirt, sand, mud, water, and other materials with different textures, sounds, and smells. Such play develops the senses. Ask your child questions about what he or she is doing? How does it feel? What does she smell? What sounds can he make? This will improve your child’s narrative and vocabulary skills.
–Tip by Keary Bramwell, Youth Collection Librarian
This book has fantastic illustrations that contribute to the words in the book. As you read, talk about what is going on in the pictures and give your child time to respond back to you. By having this discussion and interaction with the book, you are helping your child increase vocabulary and narrative skills.
–Tip by Laura B., Youth Technology Librarian
The hilarious picture book The Seals on the Bus by Lenny Hort repeats a lot of the same words. Stories and songs with repeating parts allow your child to more easily retell the things that happened in them, which increases narrative skills. In this book, we see different animals go onto the bus. After reading this book, can you tell why the LAST animal on the bus causes everyone to get off?
–Tip by Amy S., Youth Programming Assistant