How Creative Storytelling Improves Your Child’s Literacy Development! by Mindy Hudon, M.S., CCC-SLP
Storytelling is an important part of literacy development. Sequential stories like, "The Story Book Knight" by Helen and Thomas Docherty or familiar folk tales like "Goldie Locks and the Three Bears" or "Little Red Riding Hood" are a great way to help your child learn to tell stories.
- Read to your child and then ask them to retell the story.
- Model the retelling by acting out the adventures of the characters in the book.
- Encourage your child to tell the story to grandparents, friends, etc.
- Help them make up their own stories by creating interesting characters, settings and adventures.
Formal training in literacy starts when children begin school, but literacy acquisition is the foundation of language skills that are learned at home. Rejoice in your child’s creativity!