Storytelling as a Teaching Tool:
Storytelling is a powerful tool that until fairly recently was largely overlooked. It’s so much more than warm fuzzies and entertainment.
Did you know that 70 % of what we learn and remember is through narrative?
The human brain is hardwired to remember people, history, science and yes even math through story! You can use this powerful tool to dramatically increase retention and understanding in your child.
A favorite quote says it like this:
“The most powerful person in the world is the story teller. The storyteller sets the visions, values, and agenda of an entire generation that is to come.” – – – Steve Jobs
You hold world-changing power in your hands. That’s why it’s incredibly important that we choose the stories we tell wisely. What values and truths do you want to pass on to your children? Storytelling makes a great parenting tool!
Simply by telling stories that touch on something your child may be struggling with.
- In the story of “The Boy who cried Wolf” an Aesop’s fable, you teach the incredible importance of always being truthful.
- “The Little Red Hen” is all about working hard and helping out. Laziness gets no reward.
Let the story do the work. Don’t lecture or preach the moral. Your child will quickly tune you out if you talk at them all the time. Trust your child’s intellect. Give the story room to work on the child. Make story time a special time with your child, tell the story, use story props if you like but do not use this time to lecture.
Perhaps she will talk to you about the story later. If she brings it up you could ask her what she thought about what happened. Maybe she will want you to tell the story again. Lessons are learned more powerfully through story than through any lecture.
Collect Stories to Tell:
Begin to collect stories.
Start a file with a list of stories you know and love. It may be helpful to categorize them by moral lesson eg. Honesty, Hard Work, Patience, Kindness, Compassion etc . . .
Gather story books from the library, folktales, fairytales, fables. Read them to yourself and add the ones you love to your story list. Read them again, and try to tell them to your children. The stories do not need to be memorized. Just read them enough to be familiar with the flow of the story. Don’t be overwhelmed. It doesn’t have to be perfect! Just do what works for you. Perhaps one story a week, or even one story a month. The important part is that you start!
Do you use storytelling in your home? Have you tried using it as a teaching tool or a parenting tool? What are your favorite stories to tell? Let us know in the comments below.
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