Thursday, 3 August 2017

Storytelling Creates a Deep Impact on Children

We all remember the bedtime stories that our parents (or grandparents) used to read to us before going to sleep. Whatever we conceived in our minds regarding the stories, used to make up the most of our dreams. It was a different feeling and experience altogether to get immersed in the world of Red Riding Hood, Pinocchio, Cinderella, the three little pigs or Rapunzel. The more we heard, the more we wanted. But gone are the days of storytelling and kids nowadays are not into these anymore. Or is it just because parents don’t have any time to spare on stories? Is it or is it a different scenario in all? Whatever may be the reason, the fact that stories create a deep impact on children in their formation years cannot be denied.

Proper story telling is actually an art that contributes to the mental, social and educational aspects of children. There are no restricted age barriers to love stories. Children happen to love stories and to listen to them. Storytelling literally means to read out stories to children or just to recollect a story from the memory. The art of storytelling is endangered and parents need to revive a lost art as many parents find very little time to spend with kids due to their busy schedule and the demanding hustle and bustle of life. Storytelling forms a vital stage in the growth of overall personality of your child. It is quite an ancient practice followed by parents since time immemorial that has been a major part of our own childhood too.

Storytelling may seem like an easy as luxury in the pleasures of childhood but in fact has many benefits along with it, and it is essential that you take some time out each night to read to your child, or you can always recall a story from memory, share your own childhood stories, or read out loud from your phone. There are numerous advantages of storytelling for kids, especially for preschoolers, kindergarten and young children. The art of reading out stories is a custom aged just as the emergence of human race. Let us have a look at some of the benefits and impacts of an efficient storytelling:
1. Helps to instil Virtues in Your Child:
By reading out stories to your child that comes with a meaningful message, you can definitely introduce qualities like wisdom, courage, honesty, etc. from a tender age.
2. Makes them aware of their own culture and roots:
Recalling stories from your childhood or about a range of activities and celebrations from your past will make them aware and familiar about the diverse customs and traditions common in your culture and family.
3. Enhances Verbal Proficiency:
Storytelling to young kids aids in acquainting with the language as well as in catching new words and phrases.
4. Improves Listening Skills:
Storytelling for kids ensures that they are not only paying more attention, but are also keen to listen and understand.
5. Encourages Creativity And Imagination Power:
Listening to a story helps a child imagine the characters, places, plot etc. instead of seeing it on a visual medium. This helps them to be creative and imaginative.
6.  A Great Tool for Sharpening Memory:
You can use storytelling to help increase your child’s memory. You can ask him to describe the story up till the present. This is a fun way to increase his memory and encourage concentration.
7. Broadens Horizon:
Through the medium of storytelling, you can make him familiar about the various places and cultures across the world.
8. Makes Academic Learning Easier:
Storytelling, as a regular activity, can help children to enjoy and better understand what they are reading. This helps them in learning their subjects better.
9. Better Communication:
Storytelling helps children in learning the art of asking the right question. It also tells them how to strike a perfect conversation and makes them more confident. Regular reading and listening can make them better orators too.
10. Helps To Face Difficult Situations With Ease:
Stories about various characters facing difficult situations can help them understand this concept better. The right stories can help your child become well-equipped to face life and various situations.

In all, efficient storytelling can lead to a child’s mental growth in a more positive and fruitful manner. Research has shown that effective storytelling can help children with ADHD. So, it is important to evolve a personal style of storytelling. This will make sure that it does not turn dull for the child or for you. Just enjoy what you are reading!
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