One morning, the teachers saw two girls reading to one another. As we observed, we saw them looking at the pictures and creating their own story. The two children took turns telling what would happen next and developed the story together. According to educators Martha Hamilton and Mitch Weiss, giving a child the opportunity to tell stories is one of the most important life skills they can learn.
“It’s difficult to be successful if you’re not a good communicator and communication is, at its most basic level, the ability to tell a story well, whether to one person or to a group. Most of us will use reading and writing in our chosen professions, but all of us will use speaking and listening.”
Storytelling has been proven to stimulate inventive thinking, imagination, and creativity. We believe that children learn to be creative and “think on their feet” if they are given the opportunity to create their own versions of stories and retell it. When telling stories formally and informally, children learn to speak confidently in front of groups and increases self-esteem because there’s no right or wrong answer with your own story!
“Imagination is more important than knowledge.” –Albert Einstein
To read the article we quoted earlier, a wonderful piece on the importance of storytelling, click here.