Observe the child during and after a new storybook is read to her. Listen to the child’s comments and questions.
The adult asks questions about events in the story and the child’s previous experiences in related situations.
The child understands different content and details in text and is anxious to talk about what she knows already. She is anxious to find out more about the world and asks many questions about the details in the books.
Children now have a memory for all aspects of a story, as well as their own past events. Early childhood educators and parents can help children connect stories and books with their own experiences. Adults can also model asking questions to stimulate children to answer higher-level questions and to think about questions they can ask. Encourage children to dramatize the stories they have read.
North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015
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