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Read the online story about "Ali and the magic carpet" (from the British Council learning website) with your 3 or 4 year old. Click the start button on the link when you are ready. Your child won't be able to read the words, but they can listen to the story and watch what happens. It's an interactive story, so perhaps they can help you click to make things happen.
The magic carpet can fly, and it takes Ali all over the world - to a jungle, a desert, and to frozen places. In the end Ali just wants to go home. If you click on the computer mouse symbol the animal or bird in the picture speaks.
Reading aloud combines the benefits of talking, listening and storytelling within a single activity and helps to build the foundation for language development. From stories your child learns many things such as how to listen and concentrate, new words and understand why things happen. They also learn to put ideas in order, develop their memory skills, notice how spoken words relate to words on the page and learn how to predict. Reading gives your child a chance to develop their own opinions, build visual skills and learn how to handle books.
If you can spare 10 minutes a day to read with your child you can make a huge difference to their development. You don’t have to read a book, you could read a comic, magazine article or a story you have made up yourself. The most important thing is that you enjoy it, that way your child will too.
Remember a good storybook is one that you the reader and your child find interesting. It might be funny or entertaining. Ask yourself whether your child would enjoy it and be able to listen to it. Are the pictures well drawn? Is it well written? Do you like it? You may be the one reading it, over and over, and over!
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