So why are stories important? For me, every story has a lesson. And one does not have to experience something to learn from it. We can learn from the experience of others.
Reading a story is good. But having a story read to you is even better. One benefit of having a story read to you is that it tends to stick to your memory. As a young student, I hated missing my lectures. Not for anything else, but for the simple reason that I value the lecturer’s voice and perspective. During exams, the voices of lecturers often replayed themselves in my head.
Experts have discovered other benefits of storytelling. Here are seven outstanding advantages that will wow you.
USE OF LANGUAGE
Language is the tool with which humans communicate among themselves. It is a great device without which we will achieve very little in our everyday activities.
When children are told stories, it fortifies their understanding of language and its use. This understanding of language is a solid foundation that will likely support them in their educational and academic pursuits.
Every society has values that guide social relationships and conduct among its people. These social values are passed down from one generation to another through various means.
One of the means of teaching children those important values in a society is through storytelling. When you read stories to your children, you point out the significant messages embedded in the stories.
If you want ideas, you can pick from this list of the top fifty read-aloud stories and books for kids.
Culture is what defines a society. Every society therefore has its own unique culture. These unique cultures are most of the time encapsulated in stories. When you read stories to your children, you expose them to the origins and reasons behind their traditions, norms and values.
There are many cultures and none is quite like the other. It can therefore be confusing when the only culture you’ve ever known is yours. But stories provide a common cord that can bring out the humane similarities in our cultures.
Through storytelling, children also become experts in their own oral tradition and culture and will therefore be in a better position to pass them to their own children.
Human beings are social animals. We not only socialize and interact with people from our own culture, but also come in contact with people from other cultures and nations.
In many cases, when there is little or no contact with people from other cultures, there is bound to be conflict when two or more cultures meet.
But through storytelling, children are exposed to values that are important to other people and thereby reduce the misunderstanding that generally occur from the clashes of unfamiliar cultures.
SOURCE OF WISDOM
Stories are packed with wisdom. By reading stories to children, they will find out who the heroes and villains are. By taking note of the part played by the characters in the stories and the consequential reward or punishment that follows, children will naturally adopt rewarding behaviors and avoid acts that will lead to punishment.
Children who have been exposed to stories have better judgments when faced with real life situations.
When you read stories aloud to children, they find the characters’ conflicts and obstacles fascinating. Sometimes, they become so empathetic, they want to help the characters get out of the quagmire they’re in. Other times, their curiosity will make them want to see how the characters will go about solving these problems.
Children on their part will see the need of becoming creative when faced with their own challenges and not rely on their parents or teachers to solve every problem for them.
When you read aloud to children, they also listen to the sentences and hang on to every word you pronounce. This way they learn the right way to use and pronounce words.
Listening to a good reader not only makes a child become a good reader himself, but also makes him a better communicator. Stories are full of great communication lines which children can pick up and practice on their own.
By reading stories to children, they acquire a lot of new words especially when these stories are read to them often. A child who has a huge vocabulary can better communicate and express himself and his thoughts. Such children are more likely to be successful in both their work lives and personal relationships.