For years, lots of research has been going on the importance of story telling to children. Psychologists and researchers have discovered that stories support the physical, emotional and spiritual growth of the child.
Stories are good way to convey morals and values to the child. When we talk to the children as parents, they would never bother to listen to them. But when they come from their favourite character’s mouth, children tend to accept it and follow it.
Many people may not have realized the real value of story telling. But the fact remains the stories provoke the children to think, talk and enact what they have learnt. This is a medium to reinforce the values and virtues in the children so that they get embedded in their young minds.
Schools have also realised the importance of story telling. There are specific dedicated hours for stories. School libraries also lend books to children to take home and read. Reading and telling stories also help to improve the vocabulary of the child and make their language stronger.
There are different types of stories each with a different purpose. The fairy tales introduced by the Victorians in the nursery school are meant to stimulate the imagination and thinking skills of the children. Children love dressing up as prince and princess and doing role play of these stories. The moral stories are meant to instill good values and principles.
Panchatantra and Hitopadesha stories for kids were originated in India hundreds of years back. These stories are famous in the world for teaching lessons about real life situations and moral values. These stories portray different life situations and tell the children the right and wrong way to react to these as well.
Mythological stories are full of good virtues and ethics. Traditional stories teach children about the culture and traditions followed by our forefathers. Funny stories amuse and entertain children while the bedtime stories are very sober and help children get a good night sleep. Each type of a story has purpose and directly or indirectly influences the life of the child.
To conclude, reading out or saying stories to children is a good way to tell the children about values, principles, morals and ethics and prepare them to face the world when they grow up.