Stories are one of the most popular and widely used preschool activities. They don’t just help in the development of language skills, but also contribute in a lot of other aspects. Preschoolers enhance their vocabulary and take their language skills higher simply by listening to more and more stories. They get transported to a world of imagination and easily relate to the characters of the story. By listening to stories, preschoolers can learn various personal and emotional skills, such as sharing, helping others, keeping the environment clean, etc.
We bring to you another short and fun story to enjoy together with your child. Let’s see what today’s story is about !
‘What’s Good for you’ is a story about a child trying to explore some of the good and some not-so-good things. As children are engaged with the story and beautiful illustrations, not only would they learn about the good and the bad, but also reflect how those things affect them.
Children in the age group of 2 – 5 years
The story ‘Tell me now – Good for you’ is published by Pratham Books. It is written by Madhav Chavan and illustrated by Rijuta Ghate.
The e-storybook has been shared with you in both the languages, Hindi & English. It is suggested that you tell the story in the language that the child prefers and is more comfortable with. After that, you may repeat the story in the second language should you or the child like to.
Tips for you as you tell the story
- If you can easily access a printer, we suggest you take out a coloured print-out (if possible) of the story book and use it to tell the story to the child. Make sure to put together the different pages of the storybook in the correct order and bind them together in the form of a storybook.
- If taking a print-out seems difficult, you may straight away read from the e-storybook on your laptop/computer screen.
- Before you begin telling the story, make sure that the child is comfortably seated and the illustrations of the storybook are clearly visible at their eye-level.
- Begin by encouraging the child to look at the illustration on the cover page and guess what the story could be about? To the young 2-3 year old, you will need to provide some support as the child tries to guess what the story could be about. Subsequently, read out the title of the story.
- Begin reading the story, page by page. As you read slowly and clearly, allow enough time for the child to look at the corresponding illustrations and connect what you are saying to what can be seen in the storybook.
- Make sure that there is only one page in front of the child at any given point of time, which should be the page that you are reading.
- For the 3-5 years old, you may point at the text as you read it. This helps children understand that print/text carries meaning. This awareness (known as print awareness) is important for preschoolers in order to become readers eventually.
- Telling a story may become dull and boring if you don’t engage the child in small conversations. “How would you do that?” By asking simple questions you also help the preschooler concentrate and come back to the story in case they get distracted.
- When the story ends, do ask if your child liked it. Encourage her to tell you what she liked about the story. Subsequently, you should also share your own opinion.
After the story ends, engage in a conversation with the child and encourage on sharing her thoughts on the story. Go over the different parts of the story and help the child relate to it. For example, ‘Do you bathe everyday. See even in the story we saw it is good for you’ OR ‘Do you think you should also sleep on time’ OR ‘ See playing in the Sun is not good for you like we saw in the story’. Help the child pick up these subtle messages by reinforcing them through a conversation.
How did you and your family do on this activity? Did your child enjoy it? What did she/he say?
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This article is in a series of preschool activities that have been published by Team BestOfSchools for preschool-aged children that parents can easily perform at home.
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