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Telling stories – Early Years

Young children learn to tell stories by listening to the stories of others. This concept begins in the early years when children learn to develop imaginary play sequences which link events or actions together. Children reproduce familiar life events in pretend play and gradually learn to attach spoken language to these events.

In addition young children learn about story telling when they are introduced to picture books. The pages of the book represent a sequence of events including a beginning, middle, and end. The carer’s spoken description of the events and relevant vocabulary teaches young children how to tell stories and that sharing a story together is enjoyable and fun.

Sharing books with adults and engaging in imaginary play scenarios are key foundation skills for developing story telling in young children.

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Last updated: 17 April, 2018

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