What do Charlotte’s Web, Beauty and the Best, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, and Mr. Popper’s Penguins have in common? They are all incredible stories we read when we were children! Even more, they are stories that we still remember, in vivid detail, to this day. Their stories and messages have stood against the test of time and remain classics that our kids enjoy to this day.
What is it about stories that are so magical? Why do they stay with us for so many years? It’s because stories are exciting! They inspire us to do new, exciting things. They pique our imagination. When we think about stories we used to read, it brings us back to a simpler time; it returns us to our childhood years.
Storytelling is a beautiful thing, and it is very important for our children. In the classroom, story time should be something we do on a regular basis. Not only should we have times that we read to our students, but we should also have regular class time dedicated to having children pick and read their own books. If the students don’t know to read yet, this is a valuable time for them to learn to read. The benefits of storytelling and reading are vast, but here are just a few of those benefits:
- Storytelling and reading positively impacts a child’s literacy
- Storytelling develops listening skills
- Storytelling and reading develop vocabulary and concentration
- Imagination expands when reading and listening to stories
- Verbal skills are increased
- Students that read generally become more knowledgeable
- Students learn more about other cultures and lifestyles
Of course the list goes on and on; this is just a small snippet of the benefits of reading and storytelling. Reading as a young child promotes a lifestyle of reading, and adults that read regularly are commonly more informed than those who don’t. A classroom culture of reading and storytelling should be fostered early on in a child’s education; this will pave the way for a lifetime of passion and excitement for learning through reading.