Stories give children many benefits; they stimulate their imagination to work instead of restricting their ideas on what they see in reality, on the TV, or electronic video games. Stories teach your child skills, life matters, and ethics in an indirect and attractive way.
While some children feel that the world is confined to their families, kindergarten and the surrounding environment, stories help them identify new characters, and learn the names of animals, colors, shapes, and others. Thus, stories increase their vocabulary and language skills they master.
From a social perspective, reading stories strengthens the link between the child and his parents, or between the child and the nanny at the nursery or the kindergarten. As a result, the child’s reading habit becomes natural at a time when technology, specifically TV, starts to compete with stories.
While reading, and to guarantee that your child enjoys and benefits from the story, make sure you use vocabulary items appropriate to his/her age. Do change your tone of voice and body movement in a way that suits the topic. Do not hesitate to use new words so that the child increases his/her language repertoire.
This enjoyable and beneficial activity is not limited at home; we at Little Academy Nursery gather children in groups to read them stories. In addition, we ask them about the characters and the topic of the story to guarantee they understand and benefit from the story. Consequently, this would enable them to spend an enjoyable and beneficial time at the nursery, and to increase their positive rapports with their nannies.
Finally, telling a story might address a behavior you need to convey to your child better than teaching them directly, so choose your stories carefully and make sure your child understands its moral lesson.