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Talk - Preschoolers

  • Read a book from start to finish, feeling the rhythm of the text and noticing the sequence between each action. Read it again but also talk about what is happening in the pictures. This way of sharing helps your child to develop vocabulary and narrative skills which is being able to describe things and events and to tell a story.
  • When children ask questions like, “What’s that?” Say the word, ask them to try to say the word. Then make sure to add information to what he/she says. 
  • After you read a story, ask your child how they would feel in the same situation or how they think the characters are feeling.
  • Make a list of what you are going to do during the day. At the end of the day, go back through the list and talk about what you did.
  • Young children like to examine objects. Talking about how the object feels, its colors, how heavy it is, sounds it makes and what it does all help children later when they try to match or sort items. Observation is the beginning of scientific thinking.


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Ghoting, Saroj Nadkarni & Martin-Diaz, Pamela. 2013. Story times for Everyone! Developing Young Children’s Language and Literacy.  Chicago:  American Library Association.

Every Child Ready to Read, Second Edition.  American Library Services to Children & Public Library Association

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