7 Super reasons to share a story

By admin
21 May 2014

When did you last share a story? Yesterday when your daughter brought home her history homework and you recalled our country’s first democratic election? Or last night when you told your son a bedtime story your mom used to tell you? Sharing stories is as natural to human beings as eating and sleeping, and important for your child’s development.

It doesn’t matter how old we are, we all use stories to explore our lives – past and present – and our possible futures. Other stories allow us to learn about the lives of our family and friends. Telling and reading stories provide a safe space to experience and make sense of the ups and downs of life.

Then there are those stories that transport us into the lives of people we’ve never known, who come from long ago and places far away. And there are those stories that carry us away to imaginary worlds where real-life fades and fantasy takes over. We might all enjoy different stories but we all share and explore them for the same reason: they are just so satisfying.

Sharing stories with your children is fun and powerful. Here are 7 super benefits to sharing stories with your kids:

  • Stories help develop your child’s imagination and creativity.
  • Stories help develop your child’s language skills and thought processes, especially when they hear or read them in their home language.
  • Stories provide your children with examples of how people meet the challenges that face them.
  • Whether your baby is chewing on a board book or your toddler wants you to tell the same story over and over again, your children are gaining essential knowledge about language that will benefit them later as they learn to read so it’s never too early to start.
  • Being told stories and being read to at home are the things most likely to help make your children successful learners at school.
  • Children who have enjoyable storytelling and reading experiences at home are more likely to be motivated to read.
  • Just 15 minutes of reading with your children each day can expose them to one million written words a year.

These tips are courtesy of the Nal’ibali reading-for-enjoyment campaign. For more information on reading to children as well as how to read to children of different ages, go to nalibali.org 

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