Why Stories are Important to Your Child’s Development?
Reading and sharing stories to your child can spark his/her curiosity and imagination. It’s also a great way for children to learn more about the world as well as different characters and cultures. And yes, stories are an amazing way of having fun for both the parents and children.
Why stories are important to your child’s development
You don’t have to be a great storyteller and storytelling doesn’t have to be an “optimal learning experience.” After all, it has to be fun and natural and the main goal here is to have that stronger bond with your child. In addition, there are already great children’s books you can use. You just have to put in the time to read them to your child every day.
But if you want to do a really good job at telling stories to your child, one way to make that happen is by making it personal and emotional. We humans (both children and adults) are always automatically drawn to personal stories. Also, even the smallest and most trivial of details we remember if something is told as a story (in contrast to what we read in academic books and PowerPoint presentations). One explanation to this is that we’re more engaged when reading or listening to a narrative, especially if it’s a personal and emotional one.
Another way to be a good storyteller is to slow it down. Children are not yet that fast at processing words, phrases and sentences. And also, let your child interrupt you because while you’re telling the story, it’s natural for him/her to get curious and ask questions. If you always slow down and keep it at a good pace, your child will have lots of chances to ask you questions about the details of the story and what happened to a certain character.
Every moment is a learning and developmental opportunity for your child. As he/she starts to make sense of the world, it’s important that most of the inputs are positive, fun and encouraging. This can happen by regularly reading and sharing stories to your child. With stories, you’re also able to better connect with your child.