Fitting in story time

Making story time fun and engaging can help make it a part of your daily routine you both look forward to.

Reading to your child each day, even if only for a few minutes, will support their early learning and development in so many ways.

Stories can help children understand new experiences and emotions (for example, a story about a child attending school for the first time). Discussing what happens in a story and how it makes your child feel helps them understand their emotions and how to deal with them.

Practising reading helps children learn literacy and develop language skills and reading can happen anywhere that there are words.

Reading anywhere

Encouraging your child to find words in their environment can make reading a game.

Some places they might look for words are:

  • food packages at the table
  • magazines or newspapers
  • street signs
  • books
  • clothing
  • billboards.

Encourage your child to read the words on packages in the supermarket or at the breakfast table, and let them know you are proud of their reading. Talking to your child about the things you read, for example, the newspaper, also shows them reading is important to you.

Telling stories doesn’t always mean reading a book. You can also make up your own stories and songs or tell family stories. Even picture books without any words can be a great way to make up a story together and will continue to develop your child’s literacy and language skills.


=Image Parent and young child hold a book while reading together

Published — 22 September 2016 Last updated — 18 January 2017

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