‘Bedtime Story Reading’ is about stories, reading stories and reading stories at bedtime to our children. We all loved bedtime stories. What is special in stories? Why ‘Bedtime Story Reading’ is so important?
What Is The Role and Importance Of Stories
What ever has happened becomes a story. Stories can also be created. There is a message in a story. Stories have titles, characters and interesting events. Some stories have details about the places we have never been to. Children love stories because there is a whole new world in the stories. Stories also help them to learn the language.
Why It Is Important To Read The Right Story at the Right Time
Stories are the best way to convey a message. A right story at the right time can teach precious lessons. We can tell stories but if it is not the right time they will have no impact. Stories help to learn lessons and new concepts too. Teachers can use them to enhance the learning process.
Different Kind Of Stories
There are so many different kind of stories. Adventure stories, action stories, horror stories, mystery stories, animal stories, picture stories, and etc. Which stories do you like? What does your children like to listen?
Stories Can Capture Attention
If stories are good they can capture our attention for a long time. Children have very short attention span. learning becomes fun for them if we use stories to teach a concept.
Keeping Interest Is the Key
Are all stories good for all children? Is every single story book interesting? Why some stories catch interest easily than other stories? It is true that children like to listen to their favorite stories again and again. They love repetition.
Story Telling Skills
Stories can be read at different times. It is important to make a right choice. But what about the story telling skills. Can we change simple stories into extra ordinary stories if we know the story telling skills. How to use our voice when we read a story is a big example. Starting with a message, sharing your own experiences, highlighting a struggle, keeping it simple, and use motivating words to solve a conflict in the story are some powerful skills to tell any story.
Language Learning and Stories
We can use stories to develop language and social skills. The collection of story books is a huge opportunity for any teacher/parent to keep the children interested and engaged. Children love to spend time reading and listening story books. Organizing our library/reading area in such a way that serves all interests and all ages ( 3 to 6 years) plays a huge role. In the Montessori classroom the mixed age group works so well. All 5 years old can read to 3 years old. Children help each other in all learning areas of the classroom. Book reading on daily basis helps to develop listening and speaking skills obviously. It also serves as the basic Language resource to learn other language skills as reading and writing. Children not just learn how to read but also initial language skills which are necessary to build a strong language learning foundation.
Why Bedtime Stories
We already discussed the importance of story reading. But why bedtime story reading? Bedtime is a special time of connection. The story reading at bedtime every day is making this time so special and creates a habit. According to the scientific research, consistent schedules help the process of brain development. Doing things at the right time consistently and maintaining discipline enriches the Language learning process. Practice and consistent work can not be compared to even highest quality of Language Resources. Organization also means following the sequence in Montessori Language exercises.
Thank you for reading!