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Narrative Skills

Narrative Skill refers to a child’s ability to describe things, events and tell stories.


Strong narrative skills will help your child’s reading comprehension when they begin reading independently.

An example of a narrative skill is a child's ability to tell what happens at a birthday party or on a trip to the zoo. Help your child strengthen their narrative skills by asking them to tell you about a book you're reading to them, instead of just listening to you.

Fun ways to learn narrative skills:

  • Ask open-ended questions that encourage conversations rather than yes, no or right, wrong answers.
  • Give your child time to respond. The average time needed for a young child to formulate a response to a complex question is 10-15 seconds.
  • Have children describe what is happening in a picture.
  • Read stories without words or wordless books, and once they are familiar with the book, ask your child to tell you the story.
  • Ask children to make predictions about the story.
  • Ask your child to tell you about things they have done or will do that involve a regular sequence of steps: getting ready for school, what your family did/will do on vacation, how to play a particular game, etc.
  • Sep
    20

    Family Story Time - Buckeye Lake

    10:30 AM @ Buckeye Lake

    Enjoy stories, songs and activities for the whole family.

  • Sep
    20

    Story Time at River Road Coffeehouse on the Square

    10:30 AM @ Community Outreach

    Join the Library at River Road Coffeehouse for stories, songs and fun! Located on the downtown Newark square—26 North Park Place.

  • Sep
    21

    Saturday Tales

    11:00 AM @ Downtown Newark - Lower Level Story Time Room

    Join us for stories and songs in this fun for all-ages story time every Saturday!

  • Sep
    23

    Onsite Help/Ask a Techspert - Utica

    10:00 AM @ Utica (Hervey Memorial)

    Do you have a question about technology? Drop by or schedule an appointment about your laptop, smartphone, tablet, Kindle, software or other technology needs. Call 740.349.5509 today!

  • Sep
    23

    Family Story Time - Hervey Memorial Branch (Utica)

    10:30 AM @ Utica (Hervey Memorial)

    Enjoy stories, songs and activities for the whole family.