Storytelling is a creative form of communication where imagination is interpreted into words. Storytelling also inspires the listener’s active imagination, letting them become the co-creators of the story.
Preschooler’s young minds always explore something, can be bored easily and move from one topic to another so quickly leaving you struggling to catch up. So it is up to you to capture the child’s attention and get them to stay with you.
Here are a few tips to help you in capturing the kid’s attention.
- Find out what kids like to listen to and ask yourself what your kid likes. Superheroes, prince and princesses, aliens or historical figures?
- Construct your story according to your message which is what you want them to learn from this story.
- The usage of innovative and easy vocabulary works best when you are reciting a story to children.
- Be spirited, get emotional and go with the flow.
- The story should be appropriate and fit for the mood and time of the day.
Is storytelling only a time pass or a fun activity?
There are many other benefits to storytelling.
Benefits of Storytelling to Kids
- Stories can have a significant impact on children’s overall development. Honesty, truthfulness, thankfulness, and many such qualities can be ingrained in them through compelling stories.
- Stories can be used to keep the children connected to their roots and make them understand their history and traditions.
- Storytelling makes the children curious and encourages them to ask questions that also helps in their learning, mental growth, and development.
- Listening to stories helps to improve concentration levels in kids.
- Storytelling helps to improve vocabulary and children try to understand and ask the meanings of new words.
- Stories help in achieving emotional intelligence in a simple yet beautiful manner.
- Stories teach kids to become more sympathetic towards others and be sensitive to their needs.
- Listening and understanding the stories can enhance communication at different levels.
Storytelling is a kind of brain training for small kids. Whether a story is long or short, kids have a habit of remembering the plot, characters, and other aspects of it for as long as they can. This is good for the kid’s memory skills; their creative thinking ability that develops by listening to stories also makes academic learning effective.
After storytelling sessions in our school, we have seen many kids become the storyteller for their buddies. It is too good to see them telling the story. White canvas preschool encourages kids to become good story listeners and storytellers as well.
Storytelling is an art that even technology cannot take away from you. Plan a quality storytelling time with your kids and amaze them with your skills. Share stories of all types. Be it mythological stories, classic fairy tales or tales about space and the future. The right narrative will result in an impressed and happy child.