Reading/Language Activity

Beginning, Middle, and End

The concept of beginning, middle, and end is an important comprehension skill for readers. You can help your child understand the concept by using the terms in games and during discussions.

For example, have your child arrange three toys in a line. Ask which toy is at the beginning of the line, which is in the middle, and which is at the end. You can do this with any items. You and your child can take turns choosing items to be in each of the positions, or one of you can remove an item and the other person has to say where the item belongs. Simple activities can help your child become comfortable with the terms. Remember, though, that if you line up objects facing you, the beginning is always the item on the left. In this way, the items are arranged left to right. This helps children learn that English is read left to right.

You can use these terms while talking about the parts of a day—waking up at the beginning of the day, all the things that happen during the middle of the day, and going to bed at the end of the day.

As you read, talk about what part of the story you are reading—the beginning, middle, or end. After you read, you and your child can discuss what happened in each part of the story.

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