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!
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