Narrative Comprehension Skills

Fun & Fast Way to Build Narrative Comprehension Skills

Reading to and with your kids is a great way to bond and also an awesome way to help build children’s literary awareness and narrative comprehension skills!

  • The winter months are upon us which means the kids are indoors quite a bit! Let’s chase away the bah humbug boredom blues and infuse this fun and easy narrative comprehension activity you can make at home.

“Tell Me About It” Story Cup Getting children to begin paying attention to details while listening to a story is pivotal as they grow into independent readers. Learning through play is an effective way to unobtrusively expand young learners’ knowledge base.

What You’ll Need:

  • 5-7 Straws/popsicle sticks
  • 5-7 pieces of paper cut into squares
  • A container
  • Marker
  • Stapler/Tape
  • A favorite book or story

What to Do:

  1. Attach paper square to straw or popsicle stick to create 5-7 signs that direct your child to share information regarding a certain aspect of the story you just read and place them into a container. Here are some examples: Create a New Ending, Tell Me About the Characters, Text to Self (connecting the story to their own lives), Title Talk (do you think this title matched the story? Why?)
  2. After reading a short story, have your child close their eyes and pick a “tell me about it” stick. You can encourage your child to extend their thoughts and dialogue by asking opened ended questions such as: What would happen if….? I wonder how you feel about…

Extending learning at home doesn’t have to be a daunting monotonous task. These fast and easy activities will validate your young child’s perspective and propel them forward and academic success in building narrative comprehension skills.