While you’re choosing books and reading to your children, you can add discussions of literacy elements as extensions of your stories.
Sometimes the illustration style, drawings versus photographs, etc. will give clues about the story, as well. Discuss the choices made in illustrating the book with your child – they might want to try their own illustration! Extending the story in this way also makes it more memorableJ
Have children play with fiction to make it non-fiction and vice versa. Generating conversation with your child is great for vocabulary building, speech sounds, and verbal expression. Ask them questions like, “What would the story be like if Corduroy couldn’t get around in the store? Would a book about real snakes be better if they lived in a house and watched TV?”