Does your child enjoy telling you stories? That’s a good thing.
Do they mix up the beginning, middle, and end? That’s ok.
Do they fuse multiple stories into one as if that’s how it happened? That’s workable.
Don’t get frustrated when your little one wants to tell you a story. Sit there with open ears and a loving heart to your little bundle of joy because storytelling is an important part of reading.
What? How does my child confusing a story they are telling me an important part of reading?
Reading is understanding the words that are on a written page, right? There is a beginning, middle, and end, right? That’s the same thing as a story.
So the next time your child wants to tell you a story, ask them some questions:
What happened first?
What happened next?
Did someone have a problem?
How did they fix the problem?
What happened at the very end?
Asking these questions will help guide their understanding of how a story works. Then when they actually can read a story for themselves, they will see these aspects to the story, and it will help with their comprehension of the story. These are also great questions to ask as you read a story to them.