In story interactions with an adult, children typically like to ask and answer questions, demonstrate their enjoyment of the text, and talk about how the story relates to their life experiences. Over time as they become more familiar with the story, they like to retell the story and put the story in their own words.
Participating in storybook reading activities does two very important things for children.
First, it increases their motivation to learn to read because they see that reading is a fun and enjoyable activity, and they become more interested themselves in learning how to read.
Second, as they participate in the storybook interactions they’re developing new language skills, learning new vocabulary, and learning how words can be used to communicate ideas. They are also developing an understanding of story structure: how a story has beginning, a middle, and an end, how we develop characters, and how we explain a plot to an audience. This will be very helpful for children when it comes time for them to start telling and writing their own stories, and sharing their ideas with others.
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