The Importance Of Writing Stories

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As soon as your kid learns to string sentences together, she will start creating and telling stories in a manner that might even surprise you. Of course she doesn’t know how to put events in the right sequence or weave a story that has a well-developed beginning, middle and a catchy ending. Yet she continues to knit stories, intertwining what she sees happening around her with the imaginary world that exists in her mind. You can encourage your little storyteller to enhance her skills and make the story-time more fun. Here are a few ideas:
Tell stories
Stories feed on stories. The more you tell stories to your kid, the more she will be encouraged to create stories on her own. Start reading stories to your kid early on and make it a routine.
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Your little one might surprise you with her imagination and the coherence of her narratives. Or she may start telling a story about a lion, but move on to narrating another story that is not even remotely related to what she started with. Whatever be the case, storytelling is an important milestone in your pre-schooler’s development. It is an indication that she is developing her language, speech, cognitive and emotional skills the right way.
Why is storytelling important?
You may think that the stories your pre-schooler cooks up are nothing more than products of her imagination, which she uses to grab your attention. True, she loves the attention you give her by listening to her creative accounts; but storytelling is more than that to a pre-schooler. Here are a few reasons why storytelling is an important skill you should encourage in your kid:
It is a form of organizing
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By the time your kid reaches her third birthday, she has an ever-increasing vocabulary. However, her active vocabulary, i.e. the words she uses constantly in conversations, will be less than her actual vocabulary. Storytelling gives her an opportunity to use the words in her vocabulary and thereby to augment her language and speech development. She learns to speak with clarity and to organize words to make meaningful narratives.
It enhances cognitive development
Storytelling can actively contribute towards your kid’s cognitive development. When she tells a story, she learns to assess situations and come up with solutions to possible problems. For example, your child may tell you an imaginative story of a neighborhood dog chasing her. “The bad doggie chases baby, there is no one to help baby and so she runs.” And then? After pausing for a while she may come up with a solution to the problem, “Baby hid behind a big tree and the stupid dog couldn’t find her.” In addition to enhancing problem-solving skills, storytelling boosts her memory and concentration.
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