Using storytelling when teaching children is a valuable strategy that is often incorporated by parents almost unconsciously. Think about when you told your child about an experience you had when you were younger in an effort to influence their behavior or teach them a life lesson. Teachers incorporate storytelling into their teaching because of its many benefits.
1. Boasts creativity
Listening to a story instead of watching a video allows the child to use his or her imagination more fully. This creativity process encourages free thinking and the formation of innovative ideas.
2. Increases verbal skills
By telling a story or reading a book out loud, children are introduced to the intricacies of language that can be difficult to teach outright without a solid foundation. The flow of a story as the plot unfolds and the characters are developed also introduces children to new words and solidifies their pronunciation.
3. Increases understanding of a subject
While there is a place for rote learning within your child's academic life, in many cases this does not lead to an understanding of the subject. Storytelling can be used to bring tedious subjects to life such as a history lesson that stars a child of their age. This strategy enables the child to more easily identify with the subject and can deepen understanding.
4. Improves awareness of virtues
Many stories can be used to support the virtues that are important in society, your home and your child's school. Stories that develop character traits such as courage, wisdom, honesty, kindness and open mindedness can be used to set the stage for emulation.
5. Increases their attention span
The smaller the child, the less of an attention span they are likely to have. Even some older children continue to struggle with developing a suitable attention span that allows them to be successful. An engaging story draws in even the most fidgety child and encourages them to listen for the details as well as the highly anticipated ending.
At The Learning Lodge, children find fulfillment in a variety of storytelling opportunities. Not only are children able to enjoy the art of having a story told to them, your child is also encouraged to create her or his own story to develop lifelong memories. Contact The Learning Lodge today to discover how your child can benefit from its unique approach to child care.