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Friday, March 18, 2011

Benefits & Ideas that parents must take note from Storytelling

Everyone can tell a story and storytelling belongs in homes, schools, in fact in the blogosphere!

(From Wikipedia:-Blogosphere is a collective term encompassing all blogs and their interconnections. It is the perception that blogs exist together as a connected community (or as a collection of connected communities) or as a social network.)

What do you get from your musings, ramblings, chit-chat or writings in your blog every single day? The list is endless, true? It goes the same with storytelling and you don't even need any cool gadget or special channel to transmit the act. Just one storyteller (the least usually) and another individual or a group of audience. Oh, what they do? The storyteller will tell a story and the other party will listen contently. Simple, right? So, must we forget the act of simple storytelling that apparently having the fate of extinction? Don't you miss the atmosphere whereby there's a cozy time to sit and listen from an enthusiastic Storyteller through the slot of "Dengarlah Sayang", "Tell Me A Story", "Hikayat Seribu Satu Malam" and "Kisah Teladan from the infamous Sang Kancil"? Ask your child, what do they know about the famous Folk Tales such as Si Luncai, Pak Pandir, Badang and the Myths like Hikayat Si Tenggang, Puteri Bongsu, just to name a few?

Why tell stories? I will tell you why by giving you the list of it's benefits.

1. Sharing and creating a common experience. To a child, it aids the child's ability to interpret events beyond his immediate experience and expanded his world view.

2. Introduce to a child the oral language patterns. A child needs wide experience with spoken language, if the child is to achieve success in literacy. Meaning, a child will learn body gesture, face expression, voice tones, emotion expression and such.

3. Develop a child's listening skills.

4. Storytelling is an excellent source of introducing a child to the wonderful world of books. Additionally, it develop a positive attitude towards books and reading.

5. Contribute to the social and cognitive development, hence the feel of joy, sadness and even misfortunes.

6. Help a child cope with his own conscious self by giving the child structure for his own daydreams and fantasies.

7. Developing an ethical value system consciousness. Another way to learn about social norms.

8. Introduce classic tales and nurturing appreciation of cultural and national heritage as well as others.

9. Vocabulary enhancement and interaction interpretation skills.

10. Enrich various areas of curriculum, another approach of lesson transmission, be it science, geography and moralities.

As for parents, we can find little space, while in the bus or car, while cooking or at the dining table to share a brief story. We can offer a story break during homework times or create bedtime tales to welcome rest. We can gently discipline through the right story told at the right moment.

Here are a few favourite ideas for family storytelling :

1. True family stories - all the sad, funny, wonderful tales of growing up from your background and from your child's.

2. Your child as a hero - you can put your child in the starring roles in stories that appeal to him and speak to his needs, fears or interest. You can ask him ideas as you tell or relate it all yourself.

3. Your child's day - often at night, a story account sharing some of the things your child did that day will work well. If your child has imaginary friends, involve his friends into the tale too.

4. Trick tales - As a child get older, a story with a problem to solve is beneficial for a child to develop his thinking skills and manipulate his immediate experience.

5. Chain story - If your child isn't too sleepy or simply at their peak, you could create a chain tale together:- telling a tale, then stopping a dramatic moment and having your child continue and so on back and forth.

Of course there are many, many types of tales to tell for many ages, from the wealth of folk tales and legends of heroes to the thrills of ghost tales and the challenge of myths and epics. As your family telling grows, make collections of family favourite - true, original and traditional. There is no end to the journey of family storytelling.

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