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If you want your children to be smart, tell them stories. If you want them to be brilliant, tell them more stories.- Albert Einstein
It’s World Storytelling day today and we at That Parent Thing thought it important to bring the focus back on storytelling – why and how storytelling plays a crucial role in your little one’s childhood experience.
In retrospect, storytelling has been an important part of human civilization across cultures since human language evolved. With time, it has grown into an effective education tool, specifically for early years (1-6 years) of children. For children at such a young age, storytelling provides an opportunity to explain and illustrate abstract ideas or concepts in a way that makes them more approachable and accessible. Research shows that storytelling has the ability to build a greater sense of community, enhance knowledge and memory recall, support early literacy development, and expand creative potential in young children.
In your interaction with children, you would have noticed that they are drawn to narrative. It is quite easy to sustain a child’s interest and curiosity through stories. Apart from being a great tool for engagement, storytelling also has other specific benefits –
Storytelling is effective when it goes beyond just reading a book out aloud. Voice modulation, eye contact, singing, and dancing are essential to a great storytelling experience for your child. Here are some tips and tricks to elevate your storytelling –
To further help extend the child’s need to explore into stories, it is recommended to engage them through ‘extension activities’. When given the opportunity, most children are very keen to tell stories, draw those stories or even enact them. You will find that the little ones find their self-expression through such activities and make each story their own. This process will also help you get a glimpse into your child’s swiftly developing thought process and personality.
So, what are you waiting for? Switch on story mode, switch off any distractions and drift away to a magical land with your little one.