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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.
  • Jan
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    Preschool Story Time

    10:00 AM @ Downtown Newark - Lower Level Story Time Room

    Read engaging books, sing songs, and participate in early literacy activities designed especially for your preschooler.

  • Jan
    24

    Family Make and Take

    10:00 AM @ West Newark (Emerson R. Miller)

    Imagine, create and participate! Children engage in a variety of hands-on activities that include making fun, seasonal crafts, exploring STEAM activities, and/or creating one-of-a-kind masterpieces.

  • Jan
    24

    Email Basics - Google Gmail

    10:30 AM @ Downtown Newark - Upper Level Conference Room

    Learn the basics of email using Google Gmail on both laptop and desktop computers and mobile devices. Explore the ins and outs of creating, reading, replying, forwarding, CC/BCC, attachments, signatur...

  • Jan
    24

    Family Story Time - Hebron Branch

    10:30 AM @ Hebron

    Enjoy stories, songs and activities for the whole family.

  • Jan
    24

    Little Tot's Story Time

    11:00 AM @ Johnstown (Mary E. Babcock)

    Bring your little one for a fun morning of stories, songs and socializing! This story time caters to kids with short attention spans.