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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.
  • Feb
    29

    Saturday Tales

    10:30 AM @ Downtown Newark - Meeting Room A

    Join us for stories and songs in this fun for all-ages storytime every Saturday! *No story time on February 8

  • Feb
    29

    Winter Wonderland Tea Party

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

    We invite you to a frosty tea party celebrating the magic of winter.

  • Mar
    01

    Library Ladies Book Club

    10:00 AM @ Buckeye Lake

    No meetings required. Just read the selection and fill out a survey.March: Where'd You Go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple

  • Mar
    01

    Teen Featured Book Club

    10:00 AM @ Buckeye Lake

    No meetings required. Just read the selection.March: I'm Not Dying with You Tonight by Kimberly Jones and Gilly Segal

  • Mar
    01

    Bookworm Book Club

    10:00 AM @ Utica (Hervey Memorial)

    No meetings required! Just read the selection and fill out a survey.March - Still Lives by Maria Hummel