The current generation is smarter than ever. Unfortunately, most of the time, their smartness is not being channelised in the right direction. Today’s generation has drifted away from the traditional ways we spent our childhoods. For them, childhood is having the latest technology, spending time on the Internet and most importantly dealing with the FOMO (Fear of Missing Out). To some extent, we cannot blame the children for this lifestyle. But this does not mean we cannot do anything about it.
Being updated with the latest technologies and being aware of the trends is a good thing, but at the same time, it is also important to build a strong base for the children from the very beginning. According to the experts, the best way to develop critical thinking, literacy and numeracy skills in your child is through storytelling and inculcating the habit of reading. The experts say,
- Daily conversation, singing, storytelling and sharing experiences with your kid helps in the development of your child in many ways.
- Reading stories to your child can develop your kid’s vocabulary, literacy skills and critical thinking.
- Stories boost the imagination and creativity of children.
- Reading helps children to learn to deal with emotions.
- Storytelling helps the child to understand the difference between what’s real and what’s fictitious.
- Reading also develops the decision-making skills of children as they learn to evaluate situations.
- Storytelling and reading grow the knowledge and open the doors of learning about different cultures and practices around the world.
Here are a few ways to introduce your child to the fascinating world of stories.
1. Make It A Fun-Time Together:
It is very important to understand that a child will never develop a liking towards it if anything is forced on them. Do not force reading as a compulsory task on them. Instead, make it a fun time that you spend with your child. This will gradually develop a liking towards reading and your kid will look forward to this reading time.
2. Do Not Rush About It:
Remember, the point is to inculcate the habit of reading and developing a genuine liking for it. It is not a daily task that you have to finish. Do not rush into reading, take small steps at a time. Doesn’t matter whether you finish the story in one reading or not, the point is, the child should enjoy it.
3. Sing, Act, Visualise:
It is not important to read from the book to tell a story. You can sing, act and even involve the child in these activities to visualise the story and act it out. Or simply let the child look at the pictures and tell you the story based on it or vice-versa.
4. There Is No Fix Time:
Stories can be a part of your daily life and a fascinating one. It is not necessary to fix a particular time for storytelling and reading. Bedtime, while giving the bath, eating, playing, anytime can be the storytime.
5. Take Real-Life Inspirations:
Storytelling need not necessarily be from the books. You can take real-life inspirations or create on spot stories. Kids can relate or understand better and quickly if they have a real-life example to see. Make it a personal experience for the kids, tell them stories about your family. Friends, community, etc.
6. Ask Them Questions Involve Them:
Simply narrating a story is not the point. Involve the children during storytelling. Ask them questions. Create hypothetical scenarios and ask what they would do if they were in this situation. Get their views on the characters of the story, which they liked the most and why, what did they learn from the story, etc. This will not only connect the child with the story but also develop the mind to understand and face the real world.
It is the responsibility of the educator and the parents to create an environment for the young ones where they can grow intellectually into well-informed, well-read and smarter, independent individuals. The Kumon Method of learning focuses on developing a child’s ability to think critically, get the base foundation solid and stay ahead of their counterparts.
The Kumon English programme is designed to cultivate a high level of reading ability in students. Using the Kumon Method, students learn at their own pace using worksheets that are suitable for them. In addition to worksheets, students are also exposed to a wide range of books through which they gain a greater interest in reading, making it easier to learn advanced materials with independence and confidence. Enrol in our free parent orientation program to know more about the teaching methods at Kumon.