Storybooks are great for vocabulary development. Reading stories encourages your child’s imagination and helps them learn about the world around him. From going to a new school to going for the doctor’s appointment, we prepared our minion for all the big or small events/change by telling her many stories a million times in different ways. Reading a book is also a great time for you to bond with your child and share time together.
Storytelling is not for sitting quietly, it’s for bringing stories to life in a whole new way. We have grown up on stories narrated to us by our grandparents or parents. I still remember all the stories with its lessons and I am sure I am going to pass this treasure to me little one too.
Here are a few tricks you can use to make the storytelling time super fun:
Make sure to be the story:
I know too philosophical but try and use your whole body when you tell them stories. They will be more inclined to listen if they see you enjoying it too. Encourage your child to use her finger to trace the words while you read them.
Use hand puppets/masks:
Just a few cutouts of animals from any book/magazine (paste it on a stick so it’s easy to hold) works too. Use your hands when you read. Follow the words in a storybook with your fingers so young children begin to understand that reading goes from left to right and from top to bottom in English.
Modulation of voice helps:
Mine gets a laughter attack every time I try to sound like an elephant though she is good at imitating as well. Changing your voice and expression for different characters can also be fun.
Involve them in the story and let the imagination flow:
Last night a zebra went for shopping and bought a donut in our story. Sing repetitive phrases and words together. If your child can’t read words yet, encourage your child to tell you a story based on the pictures in a storybook.
Use of a different language can make it more fun too:
It is a great way to familiarize your kid with another language. I am not fluent in Kumaoni but I try to teach whatever little I know because I want her to love the language I grew up listening (mostly the scolding part because maa used it the most when guests were at our place so no one could understand apart from us.
It is okay if your story is not going as per the book, let the new mini writer write it the way they want to and open the world of imagination for them. Make a routine, and try to share at least one book every day. Sharing a book can be a nice way to start and finish the day. A comfortable and favorite reading place can be part of the routine too.
Let your child choose books. Be prepared to read favorite books over and over again!
This post has been written as part of the #BlognBookswithus Blog Train hosted by Kapila from Every Little Thing: Happiness and Kavita from the Momtastic World. You can read my previous blog on this blog train here. We are posting about books on our blogs. So hop on and enjoy reading these wonderful posts.