What do you do to build a child's imagination?
In an early child care program, storytelling is a major component of each day. During circle time or morning meetings, educators will often read a book to the class, weaving an intricate story that the children can picture in their mind. While storytelling is an integral part of childhood, it also becomes a gateway to early literacy skills further creating the building blocks of reading and writing. Children hear the words and become familiar with their respective sounds. They also gain exposure to new vocabulary words and exercise their imaginations.
Storytelling provides an opportunity for children to picture something in their mind’s eye as it is being told to them. This differs greatly from a typical conversation, because the intention is for a child to be able to imagine the details and create a representation in their own mind.
Oral storytelling without being read directly from a book, gives children the best opportunity to use their imaginations.
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