Is TELLING children’s stories more beneficial than READING them?
I hope that the fact that reading to children is essential for their literacy and language development is no surprise to you. One thing that I’m quite keen on is telling stories to my daughter and it occured that there is some discussion around the pros and cons of both.
There should also be no confusion that reading stories to your children and/or classroom is an integral part of their educational platform and that storytime in schools is a standard in most education establishments from an early age.
Research shows that even babies benefit through hearing, seeing and touching books during the crucial stages of their development. The first four years of a child’s life is when they learn at the most breathtaking speeds and absorb the most new information with ease.
It is through books that children become aware that words even exist and how they can relate to pictures or events. For children to excel at literacy and the written word, reading books is a must.