Why is Storytelling Important for Young Children?
Storytelling is an important piece of child development. Used consistently throughout schooling and education, storytelling helps to engage children and open their minds to all manner of possibilities. As well as encouraging creative thoughts, storytelling can be used as a vehicle for teaching values.
With a strong presence throughout history, there is evidence that every culture we know tells stories. They shape our identity, bond communities, teach lessons and help us remember things that should never be forgotten. Before children can read or write, they are told stories.
Bonds are formed between storytellers and their audiences. Sitting down with your little one to read them a story can create long lasting memories for both of you. The stories grow more complex as your little one develops, expanding on their understanding of the world and human emotion.
The Benefits of Storytelling for Young Children
1. Improves communication and listening skills
Storytelling teaches children to listen. After all, in order to hear the story, you need to be quiet! Childrenabsorb language, the more words they hear, the more vocabulary they have to express themselves. Storytelling is a great way to expand on vocab.
2. Improves social skills
Hearing a story can be a sociable experience. Children often hear stories in a classroom setting, which teaches them social skills along with their peers. Characters within stories also demonstrate social behaviors which help to teach children about social ques and manners.
3. Teaches values
Children can learn important life values from storytelling. Many lessons are hidden within well told stories, to demonstrate right from wrong to children at an early age.
4. Memory skills
The part of your brain used to remember things can be strengthened through storytelling. Children learn how to retain information from their favorite stories.
5. Educational strategy
Keeping children engaged for prolonged periods of time can be a challenge, especially when you are trying to teach them something. Stories can be used to keep children focused enough to teach them complex topics.
6. Encourages creativity
Magic can happen during storytime. Storytelling can ignite the imagination of a child and allow them to create things that were previously impossible.
7. Helps to bond with the storyteller
Telling stories can be a bonding experience for the child and storyteller. Children often remember having stories read to them by relatives.
8. Helps to unite children within a community
A shared experience like being told a story can help to unite a group of children. At that moment they are following the same journey and learning the same things.
Stories are an easy way to nurture the development of your child or loved one. When reading stories you can relax in the knowledge that you are contributing to their education and their social skills as well as creating a loving, bonding experience.
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