Story-telling is the oldest of all the arts. As far back as anyone remembers, people told stories to each other; and as far back as the memory goes, people listened to the stories.
Story-telling bonded the early human communities, giving children the answers to the biggest questions of creation and life. Stories create magic and a sense of wonder in the children’s world.
Even we have grown up on stories narrated to us by our grandparents, parents, and other elders in the family. But today’s younger generations are not getting the opportunity of listening to stories, eventually what we had in our early days.
From improving your kid’s imagination to enhancing their mental growth there are a lot of advantages in telling stories to your child. Let’s take a closer look at it.
Improves Listening Skill
Studies have proved that from age 4 to 10 is the period when children absorb most of the words that they later use in their lives. So, Storytelling to your kids must be an important part of a parenting schedule.
When your child grows up, storytelling encourages and enhances the listening skills of your child. Story-telling provides your kid with the necessary training to listen and understand more, instead of talking.
Usually, children like to talk more rather than listen and this behavior is evident especially in school classrooms. But when a habit of listening to stories is inculcated to your kid, he/she learn to become better listeners.
Develops Emotions and Feelings in a Child
Today’s modern world is filled with a media-soaked environment and this greets the child as soon as they come into the world. There are numerous distractions- Television, Mobile, Internet these all vie for their attention and the kids often get hooked.
These fast-paced visual media blocks your child’s mental development and it may lead to some serious issues in the future. But Story-telling makes your child get involved more than watching TV.
Emotions are real when your child is listening to stories because his thinking capacity is enhanced.
Storytelling can enhance the intercultural understanding of your children. Stories allow your children to explore their own cultural roots.
Telling stories allows children to experience diverse cultures and also offers insights into universal life experiences. It helps your children to understand how wisdom is common to all peoples/all cultures.
Moreover, story-telling enables children to empathize with unfamiliar people, places, or situations and offers insights into different traditions and values.
Enhances Mental Growth
You may wonder how story-telling can improve your child’s mental growth. But the proven fact is you can for sure enhance your kid’s mental growth rapidly by telling stories.
You can increase the memory capacity of your child by asking them to remember the stories you have already read for them or asking them to remember where you stopped the previous. By following this method will highly improve your child’s memory power.
You can also ask your child to narrate a possible climax or encourage them to create a new story with the same characters in a story. This will improve the imagination skill of your child.
Other Benefits of Story-telling
- Enhance the community bond.
- Raises the enthusiasm for reading texts to find stories and reread them.
- Gives a motivating reason for English-language learners to speak and write in English.
- Develops writing skills because children will quickly want to write their own stories as soon as they listen to one.
- Increase your child’s verbal proficiency.
- Most importantly it promotes a feeling of well-being and relaxation.
Young generations share a remarkable variety of personal experiences, values, and ways of understanding. It is henceforth necessary to enrich and upskill their life by sharing good stories.