EYLF Outcome 2: Children are connected with and contribute to their world
2.1: Children develop a sense of belonging to groups and communities and an understanding of the reciprocal rights and responsibilities necessary for active community participation
Preschool Literacy Indicator: I use language to connect with my world
I engage with texts and make meaning
Tell stories to your child about when you were little: what you liked to do, your favourite play spaces, etc. Can you tell about a specific event that has a beginning, middle and end? Try to organise a phone or video link up with a grandparent so that they can tell some of their stories. Encourage your child to ask questions of their grandparents, like, “Where did you live? Who did you play with? What happened after that? How did you feel?”
Children who know more about their family stories have a stronger sense of connection and identity which builds self-esteem and the ability to show empathy for others. Children who regularly listen to family stories are also better at creating rich narratives of their own.
You can ask your child to retell a family member’s story and this will help with their literacy skills of listening, sequencing and speaking.