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Language Development

USA Today Channel 10, report today on the value of storytelling in the classroom. In this video, accomplished storyteller Arturo Munoz Vasques, says that storytelling is a powerful instrument. Click through to watch the video… [click to continue…]

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goodnightstoryForget the latest toys and gadgets, a recent study by leading child psychologist Dr Richard Woolfson has revealed: “Reading is so popular with kids that it was voted their favourite pastime with a parent (51%), ahead of other forms of entertainment such as watching television (17%) and playing video games (7%).”

Almost two thirds of children have revealed they want their parents to read to them more often.

When it comes to telling a good story, children have recommended to parents that the best way to maintain their interest is to talk in funny voices for different characters (71%), followed by unusual sound effects (17%).

Dr Richard Woolfson said: “The results of our research confirm the traditional activity of storytelling continues to be a powerful learning and emotional resource in children’s lives. There is no doubt whatsoever that children value the experience of having a story read to them and view this the best wind-down activity at the end of the day.”

You may know that I love storytelling so I couldn’t wait to share this research with you. Do you remember the poem….?

You may have tangible wealth untold;
Caskets of jewels and coffers of gold.
Richer than I you can never be
I had a mother who read to me.
Strickland Gillilan (1869-1954)

Just add father, grandparent, aunt, uncle or any loving adult and it sums it up from me.

Photo credit: Gracie & Viv at Flickr


joshdubyasmWhat is it about a good night story that appeals to children all over the world? We all know how deeply comforting it is to close your eyes at the end of the day with peace in your heart and hope for tomorrow. While a good night story can certainly help you achieve this, the benefits of listening to a good night story, for both the individual and the community they live in, are multifaceted and profound. Research, presented here and elsewhere, shows listening to good stories can contribute not only to a child’s academic success, but to their emotional well-being and social advancement; his/her overall happiness and, in turn, to happy families and community relationships.

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