This week is National Storytelling Week and we hope you’re enjoying telling stories! Perhaps you’ve been sharing books, retelling favourite stories or creating your own stories to share.
Children need to hear and to participate in stories!
Sharing stories with children helps them to develop a sense of narrative – stories with a beginning, middle and end. They will begin to recognise generic plots and types of characters and this helps them to develop their own stories.
Children love repetition! Hearing the same stories again and again gives them the confidence to predict what happens next and reinforces the vocabulary that they hear in the story.
Stories that are full of repetition, rhythm and rhyme introduce children to the patterns of language and encourages them to experiment with words and sounds in their own stories.
Children also love to retell stories – this may reflect the story you have shared or may be their own variation as their imagination takes hold. Children are often keen to tell their own stories to interested and responsive adults and this will encourage them to build on and develop their stories.
Props and puppets help both an adult and a child storyteller – they make it easier to bring a story to life and make it easier to interact with an audience.