Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Benefits of Traditional Storytimes

All Positive!

Libraries around the world offer storytime for their young patrons. Storytime provides many benefits to children:
  • Stories help develop a child's imagination.
  • Stories help a child discover new ideas.
  • Stories help nurture a child's listening abilities.
  • Stories help children comprehend the world around them.
  • Stories expose children to a larger vocabulary than the spoken word.
  • Stories introduce and reinforce concepts such as colors, shapes, letters, etc.
  • Stories encourage a love of reading.
  • Storytime encourages families to come to the library and check out materials.
  • Storytime introduces authors and illustrators to families in a fun way.
  • Storytime models good oral reading skills for parents and caregivers to follow.
  • Storytime can help children become successful readers and learners.
  • Storytime introduces songs, finger plays and nursery rhymes to parents that can be enjoyed at home.
  • Story time creates a social opportunity for parents and caregivers.
More Positives!

Traditional storytimes almost always incorporate fingerplays and songs as well as books. Benefits of these components include:

  • Songs can add fun, variety and movement to storytime.
  • Song help break up words into syllables for children to hear.
  • Songs allow children the opportunity to get up and move.
  • Songs help children stay focused.
  • Listening skills are sharpened.
  • Fingerplays help children learn about concepts such as numbers, size, shapes, direction, and color.
  • Fingerplays teach sequencing.
  • Fingerplays build coordination and strength in small and large muscle groups.
  • Fingerplays help create a positive self-image for children. Children learn that their minds and bodies contain a whole world of possibilities.
  • Fingerplays help children socialize with one another. They are a way of doing something "separately together".
  • Fingerplays are multicultural and have been passed down from generation to generation.
  • Fingerplays can be adapted to other activities such as flannel board stories, puppet shows, and music.

1 comment:

  1. Great updates on the blog, thank you, Tegan! I am going to print out some of the information to hand out at my story hours.