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Day 43: Retelling Simple Stories

Here is another learning activity adapted from our “Home Preschool Curriculum” developed by Fran Wisniewski and Diane Flynn Keith for

Remember, only do these learning activities if they are enjoyable for you and your child. Do not treat this as a “must do” lesson. It’s simply a fun activity that provides an opportunity to learn, while building “readiness skills” for the school or homeschool environment.

~ Retelling Simple Stories ~

What Happened Next?
Read a story to your child. Ask him/her to retell the story. Help your child retell it in logical sequence or order by asking, “What happened next?”

Photo Fun
Show your child photos from a family outing and ask him/her to help you put your story in order based on when each event took place. Ask them to retell the story of the family outing.

Play a Memory Sequencing Game with this free online activity.

Take Dictation!
Have your child dictate a letter telling someone special about his or her day.

Illustrate Your Child’s Day!
Ask your child to draw something about their day, talk about the picture with your child.

Bedtime Recap!
As you get ready for bed, ask your child to recount the day’s events.

Comical Cut-Ups!
Cut up a comic strip and let your child put it back in order. Ask them what they think the comic says.

Make A Story Spinner and Play The Story Game!
Use the directions below to make a “Story Spinner.” Use it to create a story. Write the story down as you and your child play the story game (see instructions below). Illustrate the story. Ask your child if they can retell the story when you’re finished. Reread the story later. Use play dough to make the characters or scenes from the story.

How To Make a Story Spinner:
You will need this game template.

You will also need stickers, stamps, graphics, or pictures cut out of a magazine, glue, a paper brad/fastener, pencil and a ruler.

Directions: Make a copy of the spinner on thick cardstock paper. Then invite your child to put one stamp, sticker, or picture in each wedge.

How to play: Each picture represents a part of the story. You and your child can take turns spinning the spinner to create another part of the story. Write the story while you are playing and read it back when you are done or have your child tell you the story again in his/her own words.

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