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How to Tell a Great Bedtime Story

Encourage audience participation

A story can be changed around. If your kid wants to change the character, you can do that. A voyage through the seas can become a journey to Mars. You can change the sequence, the characters, or the phrases. This nurtures ideas we want our children to develop.

You can encourage children to be involved in the telling, so they are not just listening. Leave out parts of the sentence and let your child fill in the blank.

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