Since the dawn of civilisation people have told stories, not just for entertainment but as a way of preserving memories and storytelling is still an important part of children’s educations.
Whilst factual books are useful for learning facts and doing research, stories engage children and help to develop a love of reading both by themselves and with others. They also help to build vocabulary and stimulate the mind, in fact research has showed that children reading or hearing different stories helps build problem solving skills.
As well as entertaining, stories were created to explain the world around us. They can be very helpful tools in explaining life events such as starting school and having a new sibling as well as helping to build emotional intelligence. Wrapping a message up in a story helps a child understand a situation better, for example using a story about why it’s nicer and more friendly to share will tend to have a deeper effect than just telling a child that they need to share their toys.
Nowadays children spend so much time in front of screens that the humble story book helps stimulate their imaginations and transport them to other times, countries and even other planets! If you’ve managed to keep any books from your childhood, it can be really lovely to share them with your children. Of course, making up stories as you go along is also a great way to spend time together and can help to keep you mentally sharp.
Storytelling really is a way of enriching family time and aiding your child’s education both inside and outside of the classroom.