Guest Post from Ivy Norton

Posted on August 02, 2016 by Gibbs Smith


Why Story Time is Important

The rite of reading bedtime stories isn’t just about getting your kids to fall sleep. Studies have shown that story time has a positive impact on children ranging from increased vocabulary to greater success when the child starts to read independently.

Reasons why story time is important

Do you know that reading enhances the four areas of a child's development: social, physical, intellectual, and emotional? By reading stories and poems when caring for your children, you can help them in almost all of these developmental areas. Story time helps improve emergent literacy abilities, which will pay off in all stages of your child's growth.

It helps in developing learning and social skills

One of the toughest things for a child to do is sit still and listen– and that’s exactly why it’s great to teach them these skills early. Kids must learn to be part of a group, to focus their attention on one thing for a set time, and to join in when appropriate. These social skills are priceless as they advance in age.

It helps build confidence

Kids who can read well are more likely to have a higher self-confidence among other kids. Reading will help them do well in school as they’ll feel competent to participate fully in school activities. The stories will give them a broader view of life and cultures, which will also help improve their confidence and esteem. Some stories can show kids what life is in other countries and cultures, helping them understand their place in society.

It enhances literacy and comprehension

No matter the selection of stories, they're going to read along, listen and learn. While reading to younger children, they start to develop literacy skills by looking at the pictures and in no time, they'll be reading along with you. As you're reading to them, they'll hear new words (learning the right pronunciation), grammar and sentence structures. When this becomes a part of their bedtime ritual, they begin to love books and desire to read alone.

As your children get exposed to more and more new words, the better their vocabulary will become, and the better able they will get at expressing themselves and understanding others. By getting them exposed to new words early, you're establishing a solid basis of vocabulary that they're going to rely on for the rest of their life.

For the kids, comprehending the plot and events in every story is the main purpose of taking part in story time. After all, it will be a waste of your time if they can't recall anything once the book is closed. When you read out loud to your kids, you're giving them the opportunity to think about the scenes and form their own ideas about the story. By focusing on comprehension, they can predict plots, identify the moral of a story, picture the characters, and so much more. You can boost their understanding even more by asking some questions like: 

  • How does this story make you feel?
  • What was your favorite part?
  • Who was your favorite character?
  • What does this story make you think about?

It awakens creativity

As the child's comprehension level grows, he/she will start to think creatively. As the child's interest is piqued, so will their imagination. Some kids even start to create stories, write about characters and write poems. Creativity comes alive as children visualize scenes and characters within their thoughts. New ideas are created from these amazing fantastical worlds, and fictional characters sometimes are recreated in their minds eye.

Author Bio

Ivy Norton is a mother of 3 and founder of She’s a passionate mommy blogger and focuses on providing parenting news, tips and advice.

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