For a child to tell a story he needs to know words. And many of them. For it is words that make up a story. As a parent we should strive to improve and increase kids’ vocabulary continuously. Other than making him study English Here are some activities for kids and fun tips that will help your child learn new words.
Inculcate the habit of going to the library. If he is a toddler, go along with him. Even if he can’t read or does not understand all words, read to him. And together with that get into the habit of teaching him at least two news words every time you visit.
While making him study English, also play a game with your child of finding words that mean the same thing. Thinking of interesting activities for kids always help. For this you will also need to do a lot of reading yourself so that you have the answers ready when he can’t think of any. The more ways that he is able to express the same thing, the better he will become in the art of talking and writing. Read more… →
Research has shown that effective communication leads to happy families. However, communication is not restricted to only discussion of issues but also a lot of positive talking. One such way is to tell them stories about yourself and stories about the family as well. This brings out a lot of positivity and also tell children about how the family overcame various challenges and hardships.
Know the Roots
In today’s world, with the extended family spread across the globe, the sense of belonging within children is minimal as is their knowledge about their culture and heritage. Kids who listen not only to children stories but also to stories about the family often have a higher self confidence and a better understanding of people’s emotions. It stems from the fact that the knowledge of family history builds in them stronger roots and self identities. Read more… →
Many a children’s book has often described a character with magical powers and yet they have been made believable because of a weakness. For example while Jack in ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ gets the magical beans he is a poor and a stupid boy. This form of creative writing where there is a combination of magic with the human nature delights kids. And thus is born a favorite fictional character.
Characterization is important and creating memorable characters it is not easy. And more so when it is for young readers. The more completely you are able to develop your characters, the more interesting the tale will be. Here are some pointers to help you. Read more… →
Studies have revealed that even foetuses can recognize their mother’s voice. In that case, why not read aloud during your pregnancy too? And once the little one arrives, just continue doing so.
More than the story, babies understand a parent’s warmth. So when you tell this age group a story fill it with lots of cuddles and snuggles. And research has shown that, while an infant does not understand words, hearing the mother’s voice develops his interest in sounds.
They also like sounds which have a rhythm to it. So tell the tale, either from books to read online or from the print in a sing-song fashion and with a smile on your face. Also, vary the pitch of your voice as you tell the tale.
Here’s the situation. You are in a story telling session and the kids aren’t paying attention to you. It can fluster anyone. But if it does happen to you, what would you do? What should you do? We have some pointers for you.
1. Eye Contact
Eye contact helps. Don’t forget that. Try and focus on each one at one point or the other. That will make him feel that the story is being told just to them. And together with that keep your face expressive and your voice loud, clear and well modulated.
2. Audience Participation
Invite someone from the audience in some part. It can be to join you in a repeated refrain, clap along when you are reciting something, make faces (example scared, crying etc). These sudden bursts of participation will keep them hooked. Read more… →
So what story can you tell your little one? The possibilities are endless. Here are a few to help you get started.
1. Make your child the protagonist
If you are running out of ideas, this will come to your rescue. True it will test your creativity, and might even be a trifle difficult initially, but it will open up huge possibilities. You can send him to fairy lands, talk about his hobbies, and make him have super powers or simply teach about good traits.
2. Story of a personality
Read biographies about famous people from different walks of life. Pick up interesting snippets from there and tell your child about it. Word it simply and tell interestingly. It could be about planets and Galileo or even how Florence Nightingale’s singing. Read more… →
A child telling a story benefits him in all the ways that reading aloud does. And much more.
Speech When a child tells a story, initially he may fall short of words to describe something. Or even complete a sentence correctly. But the more stories that he tells, and of course with your help, not only will his vocabulary improve but so will his grammar. This will go a long way with his speech development in later years.
When a child reads aloud from a book, even if its a story, his brains just process the words. But when he has no material in front of him and yet has to relate a tale, the thoughts required behind it are much more advanced. The brain, then, not only has to think of what will happen next in advance (predict), but also create a coherent sequencing of the story structure. This won’t happen in a day. so let your kid keep telling you stories.