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The Importance Of Stories In Improving English.

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The Importance of Stories in Improving English

Great Story is a Great Differentiator

Stories have the power that no other form of communication has: The power of keeping you involved and connected to the tale.

Stories run deeply into the realms of our psychology and philosophy. It is an amalgamation between the mind of the reader and the role of the characters. It enables you to see the world from a perspective that we have never seen before.

Storytelling is an effective method for language learning, especially in early learning age. It helps enhance the kid’s attention span and empathy. The importance of early age experiences is significant. These lay the foundation for a successful life.

According to research, stories can create a great impact on a child’s mind. That’s the reason why parents want to inculcate a habit of reading or listening to stories among their kids from a very young age.

Importance of Stories In Developing Reading, Listening, Writing, Speaking Skills

Stories help children learn the English language in all major categories: reading, writing, listening, and speaking.

  • Reading

Reading stories with children has several advantages. Reading the story aloud to your babies helps them to get accustomed to your voice and further foster familiarity with the sound of alphabets. Along with this, the quality time you spend with your kid creates an emotional bond.

  • Writing

Regular storytelling helps expand your kid's vocabulary and shows them different ways of using words in their writing. Further, you can also help your kid with simple exercises to boost their writing skills.

For example, ask them to write about their favorite character or moral of the story. This practice will help them develop strong writing skills.

  • Listening

Kids' listening skills develop over time, and they do even better when they are interested and curious about what they are listening. Narrate stories that intrigue them. Using plenty of expressions and adjusting your reading pace (voice modulation) according to the plot of stories will bring your kids to the edge of their seats, and you will have their complete attention.

For example, during a suspenseful part, speak words slowly. Listening helps kids in understanding the sounds of different letters, syllabus, rhymes and rhythms.

  • Speaking

Your kid will mimic your pronunciation. While you are narrating a story, make sure you use the correct pronunciation because subconsciously, your kid will use the same pronunciation. You can also practice role-playing distinct characters of stories with your children as this will be a good exercise for their spoken skills.

What Parents Need to Consider Before Picking a Story?

When selecting a storybook for your children, keep these questions in mind:

  • Will your children be able to relate with the lead character?

  • Will the moral of the story leave a positive impact on your kid’s mind?

  • Is the story engaging enough to keep the kid involved?

  • Are the graphical illustrations of the story attractive to your little one?

  • What genre of stories interests your kid- folktales, fairy tales, and tall tales, fables? Will this interest them?

  • Is the language easy to read?

Apart from the type of book you choose, storytime plays an equally important role in cognitive development and language literacy. It is never too early or not too late; the best time for storytime is right now.

To Sum Up

The experience of reading or listening to a story enhances your little one’s imagination. With stories, they can escape in a world of fantasy in a fun and safe way. Encouraging your kid to read or listen to stories will help them learn a language in an entertaining and memorable way.

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