In today’s world of high-tech gadgets, books and toys are gradually phasing out. It is more common to see kids swiping open their parent’s smartphones than to come across kids admiring the colorful illustrations on the pages of a story book. It is good to keep your kids abreast with the latest technology, but it is equally important for them to read stories.
Imaginative stories play a vital role in the mental, moral and intellectual development of children. And the best time to expose them to reading is between the ages of 2 and 5. This article discusses the 5 ways children can benefit by reading stories.
- Develops the imagination –
Often, the author places his characters in an imaginary, fantastic world. With no exact references in his immediate surroundings, the child brings these characters to life in his own imagination. He also tries to grasp new ideas and concepts by an exercise of imagination. Learning how to use one’s imagination with precision can become a very valuable tool for children as they grow up.
- Helps language learning –
Stories are beneficial from the educational perspective too. They help develop speech skills such as speaking and writing. Stories can be used as a dependable language resource. Children pick up new words and appropriate grammatical constructions in passing and use them later. It is a proven fact that children who grew up reading stories become more effective users of the language as adults. If you read to your children, you help them acquire the language by familiarizing them with the sounds.
Reading stories also promote learning in general. Illustrated children’s story books are a great way to introduce toddlers and preschool children to complex concepts of colors, shapes and sizes. Kids also develop good communication skills as they not only learn how to use the language correctly, but also how to use the language appropriately given the social context. Stories are a useful source of information too.
- Helps cope with feelings and situations –
Many-a-times, children’s stories and novels are based on real-life experiences. Thus, they encounter characters that are very similar to them as well as those that are vastly different. It leaves the kids better equipped to deal with situations they encounter in life as they realize they are not alone. It also enables them to acclimate to new experiences. All this boosts self esteem and makes your child more confident. They start relating what happens in the books to what happens in real life thereby developing logical thinking.
- It promotes moral development –
Values and morals cannot be taught in the way we teach science and math. It gets boring and often becomes meaningless. Fables and short stories with morals are a better way to inculcate good values in children be it sharing, showing compassion or telling the truth.
- It helps them relax –
Reading a story before bedtime gives you an outlet for the stress and strains of the day. You can escape into the world of imagination for a while. The same is for your child. And, if you read to your little one at bed, it just gives you more time for some parent-child bonding.
Do keep your child engaging by making them to read books like different genres. So that it makes them improve their reading skill and also pave a way for a great hobby for the kids.