EYLF Outcome 5: Children are effective communicators
Outcome 5.2: Children engage with a range of texts and gain meaning from these texts
Preschool Literacy and Numeracy Indicators: I engage with texts and make meaning
What is a prediction? Predictions are created by combining two things: 1- clues the author leaves for the reader, such as the words, pictures or text features and 2- what you know (your schema or in-head knowledge).
When we ask young children to make predictions, we are asking them to think about what they already know about the story, and what they think will logically happen next. Here are some common predictions you can try when sharing texts with children:
Prediction is an important comprehension skill, when listening to books being read aloud, and later, when children are starting to read for themselves.
Encourage your child to listen as you read stories and information books together by building anticipation for what might happen next: "What do you think will happen next?" "Who do you think sank the boat?" We ask these types of questions to help children keep track of the story while thinking ahead to the next part. It helps them to understand what they’re listening to.
Here are some prompts to help your child make predictions from any story or information book, and here is a link to a popular story, “Who sank the boat?”