Have you ever given this a thought: How interesting would a child’s mind be??
Well, turns out very! Children have the most vivid imagination. They are new to the world and its way, hence their mind isn’t “polluted” and is surely isn’t cynical. They grasp knowledge in their own way. They come up with their own visuals & versions of the things that interest them. To be absolutely honest, the mind of a child would be the most interesting thing in this world!
Most children are born with the ability to fantasize and dream, some more than the others. And it would be a great thing for any guardian, teacher, and parent to boost this ability and to allow it to flourish. Stories play a vital role in the growth of a child. They introduce children to a whole new world, they open up their minds to numerous possibilities, and they let them gain information while at the same time they make everything more fun!
Let us see how stories have a positive effect on children:
1) Introduces New Vocabulary: The big advantage of listening to stories is that it enhances the child’s vocabulary. Children learn new words with each new story they hear! And when they do not know the meaning, they get inquisitive and ask their parents or teachers, so that they can get a better understanding of the context of the story. Also since the child understands words better, the words and their meanings are retained in the memory for long.
2) Enhance Listening Skills: Armed with a better knowledge of words, children are in a position to capture the images in their mind and imagine the stories in their own way. This ability to imagine, that stems from their improved listening skills, further ignites their curiosity and makes them keener on listening to what is going to happen next.
3) Digital Stories VS Narrated Stories: Since the introduction of the digital medium, the art of storytelling has undergone some modification. What are these digital stories, you wonder? Well, they are nothing but a scenario in which the elders tell the child the story and show them the images on the screen. These results in the brain become a dumping ground as the imaginative power of the human mind is not used and the brain is spoon-fed images directly. On the other hand, narrative story-telling, being interactive, encourages a child to use his/her imagination and hence helps in building their cognitive skills.
4) Emotions and Feelings: Storytelling is an activity which helps the children get more involved. Emotions are real when a child is listening to stories because their thinking capacity is enhanced. They begin to feel for the characters, get involved in their lives, and understand their struggles. This helps them develop feelings like empathy, compassion, happiness among others.
So there you have it! You see just how the imaginative skills of children can be enhanced with storytelling and just why this plays a very important role in their growth. At all our centres, there is a dedicated story telling hour that engages the students and introduces the children to super characters like Zelda the Zebra and Marcus the Rainbow Fish.