Retelling stories is great preparation for learning to read

Children love to retell favourite stories and using the narrative within their play. Parents and carers can actively encourage this activity by providing props that can be used in the retelling such as puppets, small world figures masks and items for dressing up. By retelling stories children develop their narrative skills and extend their language and vocabulary. To retell stories children need to be aware of the sequence of events and the key features which improves their comprehension and knowledge of story structure. Children particularly love stories that contain a repetitive refrain which are often a feature of the most popular fairytales. 'Mirror, mirror on the wall who is the fairest of them all'