Storytelling can offer many positive opportunities for learning and developing. It is an art and an action and there are ways to make it interactive so that the children can take the lead.
Here are 3 main benefits to storytelling that enrich a learning experience for a young child.
1. Literacy - yes the good old literacy. Reading and telling stories lays the groundwork for a child's literacy skills later on in life. It introduces new words and concepts, phonics and ideas. It helps the brain to understand how information is communicated through text long before the child starts to learn letters and read. Reading with and for children also supports their positive outlook and excitement for learning how to read which will get them half way there.
2. Emotional development - stories help the brain to organize thoughts and make sense of different scenarios and human interactions. They help children to imagine how it might feel to be someone else and understand that life is full of problems that you can overcome This can have an important effect on developing empathy and perseverance which are important factors for their future mental health.
3. Curiosity and Passion - telling and creating stories with children is one kind of magic. Nothing is impossible and you only limitation is your imagination. This makes for a perfect tool to explore their curiosity and develop their passion. You can do that with questions or by letting them lead the story. And when they run with something you feel they are invested in you should join them and feed the story with real facts and information on the topic so that your session is not just fun (and it will be!) but fills them up with the longing to know more and understand more. And they will.
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