When we say "It's All About Me," we really mean your child. Use this strategy to make stories and playtime personal.

Children love it when the subject of conversation is about them and this gets their listening attention. Plus it makes conversations more fun. You could use their own name or a family member's in a song or story. You could also connect your child's past experiences to what they're playing, doing at school, or what they're reading. This prompts their thinking, helps with memory, and allows them to practice talking about themselves and what they've done before.

What It Looks Like

  • Read a book like Bill Martin's "Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?" and change the words to make it personal.
    • Read "Brown bear brown bear, what do you see? I see a green frog looking at me."
    • Try "Bobby, Bobby, what do you see? I see Grandma looking at me. Grandma, Grandma what do you see? I see Pa-Pa looking at me."
  • When you pretend-play, include the names of people in your child's life or favorite stuffed animals.
    • If you have a pretend picnic, you could say, "I have a plate and you have a plate, let's make a place for Simon. Give Simon a plate and spoon. Here's a place for Jake. He wants to eat too."
  • Connect your child's past experiences to what you're reading together.
    • When reading a book about the zoo, you could say, "I see a peacock! Remember when we saw peacocks at the zoo? They spread their tail feathers so wide! You liked their pretty feathers."
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When you use All About Me, you're preparing your child to talk more about their experiences with others and join in the conversation.


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