Narrative Skills

Young children who have narrative skills can

  • describe things
  • talk about events
  • tell stories

Research shows that narrative skills are important for children to have to be ready to read. Narrative skills are essential to reading comprehension.

Here are some ideas to help develop narrative skills in young children.

  • Use props as you tell or read a story. This helps the children remember it better.
  • Encourage the children to use the props as they retell the story.
  • Ask some questions about the story. Thinking about the story and putting it into words takes time.
  • Remember to give children lots of time to come up with the answers.
  • Talk about the story after you have read it. Summarize the plot or main idea for the children.
  • Talk about their day; what did they do first, second, third and so on.
  • Ask your children to retell their favourite story.
  • Read developmentally appropriate, quality picture books to children often.