Why Story Time is Important For Young Children

From Green Eggs and Ham to Miss Nelson Is Missing!, there are millions of children’s books out there to keep children entertained. My kids absolutely love hearing a story before bedtime and sometimes even request a story in the middle of the day when they could be playing with their toys instead. (Oh yeah, story time is major around here). Story time is important for young Children for a variety of reasons. Children’s storybooks are definitely entertaining but even more than that, they actually play a major role in a child’s development!

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-Story time can help improve a child’s attention span as they sit and listen to the story and wait to hear what happens next. Additionally, children can sharpen those listening skills and even turn Story time into an interactive event where they share their input and ideas with the reader throughout the session.
-Sharp listening skills play a key role in developing auditory processing skills. When listening to a story, children can practice processing and understanding the spoken language. Taking it a step further, story time can also help with word recognition if they follow the words in the book as they are read- what a great way to start teaching and encouraging your child to read on his/her own!
-Stories can also teach children important life lessons early on and expose them to situations that they may not have otherwise gotten to experience. This is a great opportunity to reinforce the importance of proper decision-making while also learning about the world around them.
-Through story time, you can encourage your little one(s) to want to read and learn. Reading stories to your children also helps them strengthen one of their greatest assets- their imagination! I, personally, have always loved to read and I truly believe that my experiences with story time as a young child play a major role in that and I would like to pass that on to my children. Story time is more than just entertainment. So, if you don’t yet include story time in your little one’s daily routine, it is definitely a good idea to start!

We’ve actually just recently discovered a really cool reading app called Epic! and it was an instant hit in our household.
Epic!, for those of you who don’t know, is this amazing digital library for kids 12 and under. It’s basically a Netflix for kids’ books — and my kids are obsessed with it! You can read it on your computer or laptop as well as any mobile device so it’s perfect for long car rides, reading aloud at home and vacations, too! (And when I just need some ME time 😉

You get instant access to more than 15,000 popular children’s books, audiobooks, read-a-along books and videos all for $4.99/month. You guys, this costs less than one book! This is awesome!

The best news? You get to try your first month 100% FREE. You can Sign up here: Read FREE for 30 days!. Enjoy!

Have you tried Epic! yet? Let me know what you think of it so far.
Feel free to contact me for any suggestions on good books to read to children or click here for some good titles to get you started. Happy Parenting!

 

 

 

The Netflix of Children's Books

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17 thoughts on “Why Story Time is Important For Young Children

  1. Kate @ A Kreative Whim

    I will definitely have to look up Epic! For my kids they love reading and really love watching stories on YouTube! Thanks for the tip.

  2. My boys love story time! We like having actual books though, we don’t get on the electronics very often (except the tv haha)

    1. We order quite a few books through the Scholastic book order forms at my daughter’s school as well because we love having actual hard-copy books to read at home. Epic is great when we are out and about or when the girls are looking for a new story for me to read to them.

  3. Completely agree. My girl loves story time. In fact she’s a little greedy for stories. Lol. I need to read a handful of books every night to put her to sleep. Happy to know the benefits – I should make it an enjoyable bonding activity rather than a routine chore 🙂

    1. I love that! “Make it an enjoyable bonding activity”

  4. My oldest and youngest are nuts about books … actually my five year old reads at about a second or third grade level – chapter books – in her head. Probably encouraged by me as mama is an AVID reader.

    1. My 5 year old is a major bookworm but I’m not surprised. I was reading just about any book I could get my hands on when I was in Kindergarten.

  5. my kids love to read!!! we are in need of new books!

    1. My kids (and myself as well) LOVEEEE to read. Epic is great especially when we’re out and about. But we also order quite a few books from Scholastic through my daughter’s school.

  6. Wow, how have I never heard of Epic?!?!?
    Do they have toddler books on there? I have a few Disney and Dr. Seuss books on our iPad for my 18 month old, and he enjoys listening to me read, but they’re just a tad too long for him to fully focus on yet. We take story time pretty seriously around here too (; Thanks for sharing! <3

    1. Yes, they have books on there that my 2 year old absolutely loves for me to read to her. It’s so awesome.

  7. Jen G

    My kids love apps, and were always trying to encourage more reading! Thanks for sharing!

  8. My boys love being read to, and I love reading to them. We haven’t tried any reading apps yet, but it would be great to have more reading choices.

  9. I work at a nursery and daycare center and I actually agree with you that story tie is really important. It teaches the kids to listen, improving their listening skills and also help them with their imagination to improve their creative minds. I love being read to as a kid and the kids in the academy love it too <3

  10. I’ve never heard of Epic. We get a lot of mailers for paperback books but haven’t subscribed. I many go the electronic route instead.

  11. Story time is so important!! I read to my children daily sometimes 3-5 books a day! I agree with you!

  12. What a cool app. I will have to check it out. I hope that my munchkin will have a love for books. I agree that it is important to start young. Thanks for sharing. 😀

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