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Storytelling Technique to Boost Your Child’s Reading Skills

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Many studies have correlated the academic success of students with exposure to reading before preschool. Over the last 25 years, research has continued to indicate that children who read frequently do better in school and stay in school longer.

According to a National Adult Literacy Survey conducted by the U.S. Department of Education, “Children who have not developed some basic literacy skills by the time they enter school are 3 – 4 times more likely to drop out in later years.”

Children reading with their parents play a crucial role in teaching them invaluable words and language skills, but reading alone fails to get children interested in books or provide them with literacy skills.

Reading alone is not enough…

A new study has found that a simple change, in the way parents read aloud to their preschoolers, can dramatically boost their children’s reading skills later on.

What is it? Read on…

Benefits of Reading to Children

Parents are their child’s first teacher and it is important to show your preschooler how much fun reading can be. Along with storytelling; playing games, singing songs, and having conversations, all give children the beginning literacy skills they need to enter school.  All of these activities help children begin to connect the words they are hearing with the words they see in print.

Point and Tell Reading Techniques

Shared reading is the key, the best way to give children, the tools that they need to turn into effective readers. A slight twist in shared reading, using print references, has been shown to dramatically improve children’s reading abilities.

A recent study, tested short and long-term results associated with reading regularly to preschoolers. The preschoolers were separated into three groups: the high dose trial group received four reading sessions per week; the low-dose trial group received two; and a third control group also received four reading sessions per group. The same 30 books were read to all groups over a 30-week reading program. The instructors for the trial reading groups were instructed to make specific print references during their reading sessions. The benefits for the high-dose trial reading group included greater reading, spelling, and comprehension skills than the control group and their advanced skills lasted one and even two years after the 30 week reading program.


“Crack the reading code, by pointing out letters or words while storytelling.”


Research has shown that this simple storytelling tip pays huge dividends to your child’s later reading ability.


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How to Incorporate Print References in Storytelling

Your children will follow your example if you are enthusiastic about reading. Read to your child and incorporate the following print references techniques:

1. As you read the words follow by placing your finger under the word being read. As children watch the directions of your fingers, they learn that print is read from left to right.

2. Point to capitals and punctuation as you read and direct your child’s attention to the spaces between the words. Direct the child’s attention to illustrations and talk about the pictures.

3. Choose words that are repeated in a story and when you come to the repeated word, let your child read it. This practice will help your child learn new words and expand their vocabulary.

4. Other ways to integrate point-and-tell reading techniques in to story time is to include pointing out the page order and title of the book. In addition, children can be asked to count the number of words on a page, find two letters that are the same, or point out short words and long words.

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Print referencing has been shown to help children develop a solid foundation for emerging reading skills such as understanding word concepts, word and letter identification, and reading sequencing skills.

Parents who provide their preschoolers with print referencing during story time will give them a stronger reading foundation with long-term benefits. It’s a simple trick with lasting implications for your child’s academic success.

Do you have any other helpful tips to boost child’s reading skills? Please leave a comment in the box below!

Ohio State University (2012, April 17). Preschoolers’ reading skills benefit from one modest change by teachers. ScienceDaily. Retrieved October 18, 2013, from /releases/2012/04/120417080106.htm


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