Reading from a very young age is very important for a child's development. Children love books and stories as they are introduced to wonderful images, ideas, places, and creatures they have not seen before.Through stories, kids are able to learn more about life, themselves and the world. Besides being entertaining, your storytelling can create a lasting in your child’s life.
Here are a few benefits of storytelling in childhood:
Stories can have a huge impact on children. Gratitude, honesty, truthfulness, and many other attributes can be ingrained in them through compelling stories. Narrate moral stories to children and teach them the importance of morals and ethics in life.
Stories can be used to keep children connected to their roots and make them understand their history and traditions and culture. Stories from the homeland and foreign places will make them appreciate the diversities existing in this world.
When preschoolers and toddlers listen to storytellers, they have the chance to hear words presented in a unique way while also hearing speech inflections. Telling stories to children develops their listening skills
Love conquers all, and it is one thing that ignites your child’s passions in life. Besides showering our little ones with love, we need to teach them to love unconditionally with all their hearts. This involves accepting others for who they are. By doing this, your kids will pick up important values such as the ability to respect other people’s choices (even if they do not agree with them) and be true to themselves without succumbing to what others expect of them.
Pause the story for some time, as it will make the child eager to know what happens next. It makes them curious and also encourages them to ask questions, which also helps in their learning, growth, and development.
A well-narrated story takes your child to various parts of the world, both real and mythical. Stories with an element of magic and fantasy help in improving the imagination and creative thinking of the listeners.
Listening to stories helps your child improve the attention span and concentration level too. Also, when you include new words every time you narrate a story, kids try to learn and try to understand the meanings of the unfamiliar words. This helps them improve their vocabulary.
The ability to think for others, placing yourself in other’s shoes, and also understanding their feelings makes one a better individual. Stories can teach your child to become more empathetic towards others and be sensitive to their needs.
Whether a story is short or long, kids tend to remember the plot, characters, and other aspects of it for as long as they can. This is good for the child’s memory skills.