Why is storytelling important to children?
Why stories are important
A person’s success often begins with what they learn when they are young. Learning to read and using that skill to read books, and lots of them, are important. It has been shown through research that people with poor literacy skills often are unemployed. Not only does the lack of their reading skills affect them professionally, but also in relationships and health. Books and stories essentially shape our world and how we view it. Through storytelling, children can actually develop many benefits for their future.
How stories shape our world
The stories we hear as children often stick with us throughout our lives. As children, we live in very limited environments and when we hear books out loud it transports us to new places and opens our minds to new, enriching ideas. It has actually been found that the brain activity while reading fiction is very similar to experiencing those situations in real life. This helps children to develop a solution to problems in reality.
Making children into nicer people
The effects of reading fiction don’t stop there. Many researchers have found that the effect of storytelling provides benefit to a child’s social behavior. They noticed children who have stories read to them regularly are able to understand other people easier by showing empathy. Even so much that they are able to predict other people’s thoughts and actions.
Why we need to ask questions
Asking questions about the stories that children read are also beneficial to them. The simple act of asking whether they can remember what happened or what the more advanced words and their context means can help develop their brains. It leads to extending their vocabulary and their process of understanding. When asked more complex questions, such as, “what was the reason this character decided to do that?” can help children understand other people’s motivations. This is essential for the development of critical thinking.