Kindergartners have been working on the main idea of a story all year long. In Kindergarten we help them to think and learn to narrow their thoughts to include only the main idea. When these Kindergartners go to first grade, it will be expected that they will understand about the main idea of a story. Sometimes they do get it and sometimes they don’t, but we work on it all of the time. When you read to your child, your child reads to you, or your child reads to himself/herself, please be sure and ask your child to tell you about the main idea of the story. You will be able to tell right away if your child is on the right track and if they aren’t help your job is to help guide them to the appropriate main idea. Young children need to learn that the main idea is not retelling the entire story from start to finish but being able to explain a few of the main points of the story. This is especially important if your child is already reading to himself/herself as many of these beginning readers only read words and cannot tell you anything about the story. Give it a try the next time you read to your child and see if he/she can tell you the main idea of the story.