This is a wonderful post!
Telling stories to and with young children has many benefits. Including other things, it helps to develop:
- relationships with the storyteller and other listeners
- language – vocabulary, language structure, imagery
- understanding of narrative structure as it applies to fiction and non-fiction accounts
- curiosity about one’s family, the immediate environment, and other places
- empathy for others
- interest in books and reading
There is something very special about telling, as opposed to reading, stories. The telling can be more fluid, more interactive, and change with the mood and with input from teller and listener. The distinction between teller and listener can blur and roles can change as the story flows.
Sometimes it is the routine and the relationships that are more important and more memorable than any one story. For example, a parent telling stories as part of the bedtime ritual, stories told by a visiting grandparent, aunt or uncle, or…
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