One of the greatest things about being a parent is that your children will grow up learning from you. I wish I knew then what I know now, but that wisdom was gained through trial and (sometimes painful) error. I'm going to share some of the secret tips parents should know on how to tell
stories to young children and help them build important listening and storytelling skills, and the benefits of Storytelling along with how it helps our children.
Secrets to Story Telling
1. The first secret to story telling is to start with something familiar. If they're not used to telling stories, start with something they know well—a favorite television show or a toy they've had since they were little. This will make it easier for
them to get comfortable in their role as storyteller. Try out our free downloadable Activity pack for the timeless and well loved story of the Hungry Caterpillar.
2. Make it fun! Make up funny voices for each character or give them funny props to use while they tell the story. You can even make up a song or rhyme that goes along with the story to help them remember it better later on!
3. Try different formats! Stories can be told through drawings or acting out different parts of the plot (like having one person play all the characters in an animated movie). This will help kids understand how stories work in different contexts so that when they're ready for longer stories on their own (like books), they'll have some experience with different ways of telling them.
It really is that simple to learn the Secrets to Storytelling.
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Read on to learn some of the Benefits of Story Telling with children.
Benefits of Story Telling
Children, are often drawn to stories. They love listening to tales of adventure, fantasy, and wonder. The amazing thing about storytelling is that it doesn't just entertain us; it also has educational benefits. For young children the importance of storytelling cannot be overstated.
To begin with storytelling teaches important moral virtues. Children learn from the characters in the story, and they learn about the consequences of their actions. They learn about honesty, perseverance, kindness, and other important virtues that will help them navigate life. As they listen to the story, they pick up on the virtues being taught, which can help shape their character and behaviour.
Boosts Listening Skills
One of the most significant benefits of storytelling is that it boosts listening skills. Children are naturally curious, and they love to listen to stories. By listening to stories, they learn to focus on the details and follow the plot. This not only improves their listening skills but also helps in their academic performance, especially in reading and writing.
Moreover, storytelling fosters children's imagination by sparking their creativity. Stories encourage children to think outside of the box and imagine new worlds and scenarios. It also aids in developing their visualisation skills making them more confident in their ability to create ideas.
Furthermore, stories can increase young children's cultural understanding. Reading stories from different cultures exposes them to experiences and traditions they might not encounter in their daily lives. It enables them to have an open and more accepting attitude towards other people and cultures.
Enhances Commination Skills
Storytelling enhances the children's communication skills. Sharing stories with their peers develops their language skills and confidence in speaking to others. It introduces them to literature, broadening their vocabulary and enhancing their grammar.
Additionally, storytelling helps sharpen memory by making connections between events and people. When children hear a story, they remember events in the story, refer back to earlier moments, and connect them to new information. This helps children form strong neural pathways in their brains that aid in their academic and personal growth, along with making amazing memories to treasure a life time.
Makes Learning Easier
Moreover, storytelling makes learning easier by acting as a tool that helps impart information by engaging children. Incorporating facts, topics, figures and experiences in a story, there's a higher chance that the children would be able to understand and remember the information being taught.
Improves Social Skills
Finally, storytelling improves social skills. Children participate in stories by retelling, acting, and offering their opinions on the same. This promotes interaction, and team-building amongst children, developing virtual social and emotional skills.
In conclusion, storytelling is an essential part of a child's development it imparts many benefits, including the virtues being taught, boosting listening skills, encouraging imagination, increasing cultural understanding, enhancing communication skills, improving memory, making learning easier and developing social skills. So, let us continue to tell captivating stories to children and keep them always engaged.
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