Let’s learn to understand and use words from these themes:
- Community (e.g., country, town, city, building)
- Food (e.g., chicken, pasta, cheese, yogurt)
- Home (e.g., closet, dresser, basement, attic)
- When going to a familiar place in the community (e.g., school, a relative’s house), ask your child to tell you how to get there using words like street, bridge, building and sign.
Let’s learn to make logical predictions about content based on understanding of stories.
- When reading a story, pause occasionally to ask your child what he or she thinks will happen next and why. Ask: “What information in the story makes you think that?”
- A ‘logical prediction’ is a guess about what will happen next that makes sense based on the information already given in a story. Try to come up with more than one prediction and talk about what information in the story is most important to your prediction.
Let’s learn to retell stories including characters, setting and plot.
- Reminisce about when you were little. Describe an experience that you remember vividly. Then, ask your child to retell your story, making sure to include what happened (plot), who was in it (characters) and where it happened (setting).
Can your child consistently:
- Understand and use words from these themes:
- community (e.g., country, town, city, building)
- food (e.g., chicken, pasta, cheese, yogurt)
- home (e.g., closet, dresser, basement, attic)
- Make logical predictions about content based on an understanding of stories.
- Retell stories including characters, setting and plot.
Did you know?
When children learn to read fluently, but have difficulty understanding what they have read, they often need to develop broader oral language knowledge (vocabulary and language conventions).