Storytelling - the benefits of reading to your child

Posted by / Wednesday 05 February 2020 / Parenting Tips Speech and Communication
baby and father reading

There’s something magical about telling a child a story. Whether you use this time with your child to unwind before bed, teach them more about themselves and the world around them or to help them develop their imagination – storytelling can be extremely beneficial for both you and your little ones.

 

What it teaches

Storytelling with your child is not only a time for togetherness and bonding, but also a time for learning. There are endless picture books, young adult novels and children’s books that can help answer some of the big questions that your child might have. As parents, we don’t always know how to answer them – and that’s ok. Through stories, we can help answer children’s:

  • Difficult or uncomfortable questions
  • Questions about life
  • Questions about themselves

It can also teach our children unique ways in which they can develop as people. Stories can help children understand:

  • Respect for their differences as well as the differences of others
  • Appreciation for different cultures
  • How to have a positive attitude during difficult and emotional situations
"If you want your children to be smart, tell them stories. If you want them to be brilliant, tell them more stories.”"

Albert Einstein

Benefits

Reading and telling stories to your child can help them grow in countless ways – such as improving your relationship with them. Here are a few other benefits: 

  • Storytelling enhances the community in a room – whoever is involved in telling, reading or listening to the story are sure to be engaged with one another
  • It improves listening skills and allows your child to be patient and to pay attention when someone else is speaking
  • It introduces a new vocabulary that can help advance their language skills

What you can do

While some storytelling sessions are just for fun and relaxation, it could also be helpful to make sure your child is absorbing all they can from reading and listening to stories. You can do little, easy things such as:

  • Helping them practice building their memory skills by asking them questions about the story afterwards
  • Encouraging them to stretch their curiosity, imagination and communication by having them create their own story
toddler-reading-a-picture-book

More of our tips on reading

For more of our tips on Storytelling, here are some resources:

Bring a story to life

How to make talking fun by reading together

Being imaginative

Reading (3-4 years old)

Reading (4-5 years old) 

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