You can retell a story after reading it, and you can also retell your day! Your preschooler benefits from both.
In Kindergarten, children with prompting and support, will retell familiar stories, including key details.
Retelling your day with your preschooler is a great way to begin the conversation. Plus, they have investment in the retell because they remember the interaction.
Do you have pictures to share as you retell? Even better! Your preschooler will enjoy reviewing the events of their day and it will help them become familiar with how to retell a story.
A conversation could sound like this:
Today at the park, we listened to the cardinal in the tree.
What do you think the cardinal would feel like?
What happened to the stick as you tried to roll it down the hill?
I remember it didn't move very fast because of the pine straw.
Your shoes are pretty muddy! What did the mud feel like?
I see your feet are still wet!
Remember that keeping questions open-ended as you retell your day allows your preschooler to expand on your discussion. Open ended questions also generate critical thinking.