Storytelling

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We often give stories to our children to read, but how often do we tell them a story or encourage them to tell a story? 

What can storytelling offer?

Children have an innate love of stories. Stories create magic and a sense of wonder at the world. Stories teach us about life, about ourselves and about others. Storytelling is a unique way for students to develop an understanding, respect and appreciation for other cultures, and can promote a positive attitude to people from different lands, races and religions. 

Storytelling benefits

  • Promote a feeling of well-being and relaxation
  • Increase children's willingness to communicate thoughts and feelings
  • Encourage active participation
  • Help your child get to know sounds, words and language, and develop early literacy skills
  • Encourage use of imagination and creativity
  • Encourage cooperation between students
  • Enhance listening skills
  • Help your child understand change and new or frightening events, and also the strong emotions that can go along with them

Commonalities of cultures around the world

 Stories reveal universal truths about the world. Through stories we see how very different people share the same life experiences and how human nature can transcend culture. 

Adapted from British Council.