As your child grows older, understanding the different ways language can be presented will help them to make decisions on how to organise or record their thinking. Exploring the stories recorded within paintings helps them to develop rich oral language and to use this in their general conversations with others.
Sharing traditional and important stories from your own culture and family helps your child to develop a strong cultural identity. The sharing of family and cultural stories helps to keep the stories alive and to pass on important information about the family, behaviours and traditions that are often not written down.
Talking together about what you have noticed within the painting helps your child to ask questions. As they notice objects they can group them and compare the differences. As they talk about what they notice they are developing language to describe their thinking and observations.
Describing the process the artist has used to develop the story of the painting helps children to develop planning skills, positional language and to develop the language to explain their own thinking.