“Making Storytime an Edutainment Experience”
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 children to develop an understanding, respect and appreciation for other cultures, and can promote a positive attitude to people from different lands, races and religions. (British Council)
- Promote a feeling of well-being and relaxation
- Increase children’s willingness to communicate thoughts and feelings
- Encourage active participation
- Increase verbal proficiency
- Encourage use of imagination and creativity
- Encourage cooperation between students
- Enhance listening skills
- Enhance intercultural understanding and communication
In terms of educational and socio-economic benefits…
- Reading aloud to kids each day puts them almost 12 months ahead by school age.
- The best predictor for academic success is the quantity and quality of words kids hear by age 4.
- Kids hear more 72% more unique words from books than from conversation.
- Kids in welfare homes hear 30+ million fewer words than kids in well-to-do homes.
- 85 percent of juveniles who enter the court system are functionally illiterate.
Governments and businesses are now responding….
- The United Arab Emirates has declared 2016 as the Year of Reading.
- Childhood literacy as a primary initiative for Indigenous Australians to “close the gap”.
- The UK government has announced a phonics drive to help children master reading basics.
- McDonalds worldwide has begun replacing toys in Happy Meals with books.
You can read more literacy facts and reading initiatives on Our News.