Every child grew up with storytelling. It is one of the most ancient and pure forms of teaching. As parents, it allows you to spend quality time with your child. It is important to make an effort to incorporate it into the daily lives of our children. Storytelling is a powerful way to grab children's attention in early childhood education. It also has many developmental advantages.
Reading books isn't the only way to tell stories. These are some other forms of storytelling we can include in our children's lives.
- Nursery rhymes
- Picture books
- Cultural stories
- Storytelling using plushies and teddy bears
- Experiences from a person (or a child)
Use one of these storytelling methods to spend quality time with your child. This will help foster their growth and provide you with special moments. This is why parents want to include it in their daily lives. These are just a few of the many benefits of storytelling in early education.
Stories can be a powerful tool for early childhood education
Improves language skills
Your child's language development skills can be enhanced by reading, but not only. Storytelling can be a fun and engaging way for your child to learn to hear different sounds, syllables, and words that are not common in daily conversation. Your child will be able to understand how words sound and organize sentences if you tell stories. Reading will help your child improve their verbal language. They will be able to read longer sentences and use unfamiliar words, which is a crucial element in expanding their vocabulary. For a more balanced gain, alternate between you and your child.
This is an especially important benefit when you are telling stories to your child. Children will need to be able to recall the plot, characters, important details, and other details when they listen to stories. This isn't something they do every day. Adult conversations can be directive or descriptive. However, it can be frustrating for children who are used to this. Our carers then use the memory learning benefits of storytelling to ask questions about the story. This encourages children and their caregivers to pay close attention to the storyline and actively attempt to recall it.
Encourages creativity, imagination, and cognitive skills
Children can tell stories to themselves without illustrations. This allows them to create their own characters and places. This is crucial for their creativity and imagination. Instead of having a video or an image do the work, children are encouraged to think about it. Children will ask questions about plots when they read them. They will ask themselves questions such as "Who did it?", or "Why did he do that?" They will naturally try to solve it themselves. This is where critical thinking is introduced to the situations described in storytelling. It is crucial for this skill to be developed later.
Encourages learning, writing, reading, and enthusiasm
No matter what media, storytelling is an engaging and enjoyable activity for children. Children learn to love storytelling and to associate learning with fun activities. This is crucial for fostering a positive outlook on school and learning later in life. This teaches children important skills that will help them in their later years of school, such as the ability to listen and think critically, and understand.
Cultural and moral understanding is developed
Children can learn valuable moral and cultural lessons depending on the content of the stories. Children are often very open to fables that integrate morals in creative and engaging ways. Some stories also explain the cultures of other people and places. Children learn to understand their own culture and come to terms with the fact that people are from different countries, religions, backgrounds, and cultures.
As parents, we want to create a positive environment that encourages learning and develops our children. We incorporate storytelling into our child's daily lives. We know that learning and development can be found in every aspect of a child’s life. Storytelling is one way to have fun and make it more enjoyable.