Why is Storytelling Important for children even in this digital era?

why storytelling is important

We all can remember our childhood days and how much we used to like listening to stories from our grandparents, parents, and other elderly members in the family. Those stories would mesmerize us a lot and took us to a fantasy journey with the characters of the stories. The fairy tales, the stories of the Ramayana and the Mahabharata, Betal, Akbar and Birbal everything seemed interesting to us.  We used to get so engrossed in the characters that in our subconscious mind, we had conversations with them. Now we can realize that our thought pattern, value system, the perception of good and bad,  everything has been greatly influenced and shaped by these characters and incidents. But in this age of technology and nuclear families, the art of storytelling has vanished from our lives. Busy parents have forgot the benefits of storytelling to their children and replaced it with gadgets. Even in the present situation, there are so many factors that can explain why storytelling is important for our children.

BENEFITS OF STORYTELLING:

STORYTELLING IMPROVES THE VOCABULARY:

Studies have shown that storytelling can enhance language and vocabulary learning skills. It improves listening ability that is important for learning new things.  If we read books and tell stories to our babies and toddlers regularly, they can learn a lot of words and sentences very quickly. It enables them to use meaningful languages,  and they can memorize a considerable number of words also. Children become motivated to read books when we read books to them. The narrative of the story helps to build strong communication skills. The value of storytelling increases by many times when children participate in questioning, guessing, and telling. It becomes a funfilled learning experience for them. If they cannot understand a new word, they insist on the explanation and this eventually enhances their knowledge and vocabulary.

DEVELOPS THE IMAGINATION AND CREATIVITY:

Storytelling for preschoolers is very beneficial as it ignites their imagination. Effective storytelling can encourage the children to visualize the incidents narrated in the story. Their creative thinking skill improves as it makes them curious and inspires to think. If the storybook is filled with images, then children try to associate them with the story by their imagination. Our grandparents used to ask questions about the possible upcoming twist while telling a story. This kind of interaction is thought-provoking and encourage a child to explore the world of imagination.

MAKES CHILDREN EMPATHETIC TO ALL CULTURES:

As long as elderly persons are concerned,  they select stories that are generally rooted in their cultures. It helps the children to get informations about their rich cultural heritage and gradually a sense of association and respect to the root grows among them. The most important benefit of storytelling is that it helps a kid to be well versed with his mother tongue. At the same time, stories make children familiar with different cultures in the world. Knowledge of customs and rituals of different societies around the world makes children empathetic to other people, cultures, and situations. Their experiences of diverse cultures, help them develop compassion and appreciation of others, and they become more acceptable to new ideas.

BUILDS GOOD MANNERS:

In our childhood, Aesop’s fables,  moral stories, and fairy tales were of great interest. The stories used to teach moral values that were just inscribed in our minds. Actually, these morals play an important role in a child’s emotional and mental development by moulding his thinking. Most of the time it cannot be achieved by just giving some instructions. As children love to listen to the stories, parents can instill good behaviors and manners in children by creating stories about something they want their children to listen to. The mythological characters influence the children’s minds greatly and inspire them to follow the path of truth and wisdom.

ENGAGES ATTENTION:

As stories are a favorite form of recreation, children engage in it with full attention. Instead of keeping them engaged in gadgets, we can involve them in listening to stories. This is the most relevant factor that makes storytelling so important even in this digital era. We can easily notice that children have become very restless now. Listening to every detail and waiting patiently for the story to come to an end improves the concentration and attention span of children.

DEVELOPS READING HABIT:

If we make storytelling for preschoolers a routine, it develops reading habit in them. Reading books with children, questioning, guessing, and laughing together while doing all these can strengthen our relationship with our children. Generally, children who develop reading habit from an early age, love to go through all kind of books and this way become better learners in the future.

INITIATES CURIOSITY:

Another important benefit of storytelling is, it stimulates curiosity and inquisitiveness in children. An inquisitive mind does not allow a child to sit idle and makes him remain engaged in exploring new things and new possibilities.

GREAT WAY TO BOND WITH THE CHILDREN:

If we read stories with our children or tell them stories regularly, it helps to improve our relationship with them. A strong bond with your baby is very helpful to raise a happy child. Storytelling creates a cozy atmosphere around and builds a positive relationship with the children.

So, to instill values, culture, and historical knowledge in our children, storytelling is the most powerful way. It helps to develop not only a child’s brain but also his social skills and communication skills. It promotes a positive attitude towards the world and its people and creates magic in young minds. To teach our children about ourselves, as well as others, and give an insight into life, we must emphasize the value of storytelling.

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24 thoughts on “Why is Storytelling Important for children even in this digital era?

  1. Reply
    Robyn Jones
    August 28, 2020 at 3:21 pm

    Yes, reading stories to children and storytelling are absolute musts! Great article of all of its benefits! 🙂

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      sankhamala
      August 28, 2020 at 5:08 pm

      Thank you, Robyn!

  2. Reply
    Emm
    August 28, 2020 at 3:28 pm

    I absolutely love this! It’s a weird time to be raising children, and small things like this matter. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Reply
      sankhamala
      August 28, 2020 at 5:11 pm

      Welcome, Emm! Yes, it seems irrelevant to some people. But, it really matters.

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    Iram Israan
    August 28, 2020 at 4:43 pm

    Storytelling is so important and I’ve started storytelling my 3 month old and I feel like she likes to respond – in her own little language

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      sankhamala
      August 28, 2020 at 5:13 pm

      It is nice to listen that you tell stories to your 3 months old child. Great! Keep it up!

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    Mary
    August 28, 2020 at 6:56 pm

    Great post. Storytelling is so importand and gives out children so many important skills. They are learning so much, without even realizing. Make sure you not only tell stories from books, but from your mind too. Those ones passed down for generation are so important and teach so much.

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      sankhamala
      August 29, 2020 at 6:01 am

      Thank you Mary for your opinion!

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    Fadima Mooneira
    August 29, 2020 at 11:34 am

    I second everything you said about the importance of storytelling. When I was a child, my parents always did a storytelling session for me. In fact, we are still doing it now. I’m grateful.

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      sankhamala
      August 29, 2020 at 2:44 pm

      Thanks for sharing your experience!

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    Beth
    September 1, 2020 at 5:13 am

    Great post! Storytelling is so important for our little ones’ minds!

    1. Reply
      sankhamala
      September 2, 2020 at 3:39 am

      Thank you.

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    Brittany F
    September 2, 2020 at 2:45 am

    Love this! I enjoy storytelling with my toddler and it truly is a great way to bond. It is fun and great for development.

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      sankhamala
      September 2, 2020 at 3:42 am

      It is good to know that you are already in it.

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    Bibi
    September 3, 2020 at 2:04 pm

    Love this post on storytelling! I love reading stories to my toddler every night. Each day I can see the impact it has on her, she even tries to read them back to me. 😅 But I totally agree reading increases the vocabulary and imagination 👌🏽

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    Celina
    September 3, 2020 at 2:47 pm

    As an Early Childhood Educator, I cannot agree more! Storytelling is so critical for little brains, they learn much more than we can ever imagine! Also letting them tell the story once in a while really helps their memory retention! Thanks for the awesome post!

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    Tasha
    September 3, 2020 at 4:41 pm

    This is my favorite part of being a mom so far. My daughter is still a baby, but it’s so fun to watch her engage with a book. I look forward to bedtime stories as she gets older.

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    Allie
    September 3, 2020 at 4:42 pm

    I definitely agree. Reading stories is enjoyable for both the parents and the kids. 🙂

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    Andrea
    September 4, 2020 at 2:56 am

    I love telling my son stories. It exercises his imagination. Great article.

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    Alyson Usefara
    September 4, 2020 at 3:54 am

    Thank you for sharing! I knew some of these benefits from story telling, but others of them were definitely new to me. I love telling stories with my toddler daughter and I will definitely continue to do so!

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    Audrey
    September 4, 2020 at 7:48 pm

    I’ve never thought about the importance of storytelling what an informative post with lots of good advice!

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    Minakshi Bajpai
    September 5, 2020 at 2:22 am

    It is good to know the benefits of storytelling.

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    Michelle
    September 5, 2020 at 12:51 pm

    I’m glad to see that there is some positivity behind my old school ways! I’m a firm believer that kids need to be creative and spend time getting dirty. Story telling is definitely one way to increase creativity including everything else you’ve mentioned!

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    Veronica
    December 4, 2020 at 2:21 pm

    I love this! I couldn’t agree more with it!

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