Storytime might seem like just a fun bonding activity you do with your child at the end of the day but it really is so much more than that!
Storytime teaches your child many life and social skills through the stories being shared, also broadening their vocabulary and mind. The key point here is that an open mind is a learning mind and storytime is a great facilitator for an open mind.
The key benefits of storytime on your child:
- Allows your child to hear new sounds, words, and language, helping develop literacy skills.
- Children will learn to value books and the stories they hold.
- Storytime sparks your child’s imagination and curiosity.
- Helps to develop your child’s brain, ability to focus, listening skills and communication skills.
- Allows your child to start understanding the difference between ‘real’ and ‘make-believe’.
- Some stories are great for learning about the world and different cultures, incorporating stories from different cultures helps make your child more worldly.
You are a great model for the use of language and books when you read to your child or tell them stories.
Tips for sharing books with young children:
- Get into a routine of reading to your child. It would be valuable to read one book to them a day.
- Make sure there are no distractions. Have all electronic devices around you turned off. Let your voice be the only thing your child hears.
- Hold your child close or on your knee while you read. This way the child can see your facial expressions.
- Try out funny noises and sounds, make it fun!
- Ask your child questions about what you reading, and keep them engaged!
- Let your toddler choose the books when they’re old enough to start asking.
Your local early learning centre loves to give the children reading time every day, both solo and with an educator. Come and meet our skilled and dedicated team of educators, book a centre tour today.