Whether reading a fairy tale book or telling folk tales, storytelling is a fun activity you can enjoy with your child.
If you are wondering how it helps your child, read on to find out. Also, find some practical tips to begin reading and give your child a treasured gift that keeps on giving all their life.
Importance of Storytelling:
- Improves Verbal skills. Your 3-year old child’s language skills are still evolving. Reading aloud can give it a big boost. Reading influences many facets of development like speech, vocabulary, developing a plot, characterization, and other literary skills for the future.
- Enhances imagination as it is a great way to learn about the world around them.
- Helps deal with feelings. They learn that others have similar feelings when they see characters reflecting feelings they have experienced before. They learn that it is okay to have them.
- Builds self-confidence as they understand who they are and why when they begin to see the world differently in the stories they hear.
- Improves logical thinking as it teaches him/her to analyze the situation and relate cause and effect. As kids find these situations in their real life, they look back at the stories and get encouraged to read more.
- Quality time together for child and parent.
How to read to your child
- Research and find an interesting story that might pique your child’s interest. Make sure you find it interesting as well. Most kids love stories involving animals and monsters, so that could be a great start. Books like ‘The Lion and the Mouse’ and ‘The Tortoise and the Hare’ are some of the popular moral stories.
- Before you begin reading the book, talk to your child about the cover of the book, writer or if they can guess what the plot is going to be. This encourages your child to be more engaged in the story.
- Bring your characters alive by varying the tone, volume, and speed. Read aloud with facial expressions and hand gestures to bring in drama and excitement.
- Try to run your finger under the text you are reading, to help your child understand how to read, punctuation marks, bold letters or sounds like ‘AAAAH’.
- Tell him/her the meaning of unfamiliar and new words and try to use them later.
- As your child warms up to the idea of story telling, you can take a picture book and take turns to tell what one sees in the picture on each page. Or you can ask him/her to repeat sounds effects and familiar words, like a baby crying or lion roaring.
- Children love repetition. If your child asks, repeat stories all over again and ask him/her to pitch in when his/ her favorite part comes in. Children find comfort in familiarity and each iteration brings out more depth in the same story.
- Visit a library or online book rentals to let your child pick up a book of his/ her choice. If he/she likes a particular book and ask to be re-read many times, maybe you can invest in buying the book then.
- After you finish the story, take the time to talk to your kid about his feelings, understanding or what he/she liked or disliked. Simple questions can stimulate their thinking process.