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Appreciation and Knowledge of Books and Stories

Is Your Child Telling You Bedtime Stories?

Storytelling comes in many forms. We may recall past events, make up stories, or remember stories from books we've read. The act of storytelling helps people of all ages organize the sequence of events, practice grammar and vocabulary, and use their memory. Between the ages of three and four, your child should become more adept at recalling parts of stories. You may hear him repeat different lines of a story during play, or he may jump ahead and tell you what's coming next as you read. If he doesn't seem interested in offering information on his own, try asking him about different details of the story to help him contribute. You may even hear some new details that have been made up. This is very typical and may just be a simple mixing up of facts. But it may also show that your child subconsciously understands that a good story could always use a little extra drama and excitement!

Has your child achieved the following Appreciation and Knowledge of Books and Stories developmental milestones yet? If yes, check off all of the skill(s) he has already mastered to date.

Sources: This development milestone tracker is not a learning disability screening tool or test. If you have any questions related to your child's development and learning abilities, please speak to your pediatrician and care providers for guidance and resources.