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Storytelling and Language Development

Tell Me a Story

Talking to children is crucial to their development of language, and the earlier you start, the better. A good way to practice talking with your child is storytelling, and you can do this with or without a book.

If you do read a book to your child, ask her to make predictions, and encourage her to talk about what she sees on the pages. After you're finished reading the book, ask her to retell you the story. Retelling stories is a great way to build language skill, build vocabulary, and reinforce memory.

Telling stories does not require a book. You can make up a story about the squirrels lurking in the backyard, an imaginary boy who likes to gaze at the stars, or two friends who decide to build a spaceship. Encourage your child to add her own ideas to the story. This allows her to use her creativity and imagination.

Things to remember when you talk to children:

- Slow yourself down when you talk to them. This allows them to discriminate sounds in words.

- Allow them time to answer your questions. It is known that on average it takes a young child 5 to 7 seconds to verbally respond to a question.

-Taking turns in a conversation has an important impact on brain development. We now know that conversational turns make the connections between both sides of the brain stronger.