Story time tip # 11:
Today I told my eldest son a simple short story about when he was just about a year old and I was driving home alone with him from Maryland. I was beside myself with exhaustion so my dad flew into Charlotte to help me drive home. What a saint! Teddy did not know this about his Poppy.... There are many little family stories like this that we should be sharing with our kids..... How can you share your family history with your babes today?
Story time tip # 10:
Use stories to discipline....if child is lagging behind.... Have I ever told you the story about when I was climbing a mountain?
Try to use a story instead of punishment or use a story when your child is hurt or upset about something.
Story time tip # 9:
Rose and thorn....we learned about this in scouts.... With preschoolers have them tell you a high and a low from each day at bedtime. The high is the rose, the low is the thorn....
They enjoy repetition and predictability and are developing language at an amazing rate. Vocabulary builds through reading aloud and storytelling.
Story time tip # 8
So my little one likes for me to read the same books again and again and then some more. Can you relate? I know this can seem tedious, but remember this is how our little ones learn. Sheer repetition sometimes! Retell the same story many times, since young children are building their understanding of the story.
Story time tip #7:
I haven't posted one of these in a while but I was so inspired by this past weekend's workshop that I had to get them going again!
This is a simple tip for those of you with kiddos a little older....have you ever just told family stories? Stories about when you were a little girl? What about the stories your grandmother told you about your family? We talked this weekend about gaining confidence as a storyteller by just starting at the beginning-with you! Today I was wearing my charm bracelet and realized what a great storytelling tool it could be.....every charm holds a special memory or significance in my life. It's like having my life history right on my arm! I can see using this sitting at the table in a restaurant even with my toddler!
Story time tip #6:
"Stories" don't have to be long.... For little ones they should be finger plays and nursery rhymes....use them with babies and toddlers to transition from one activity to the next during your day.
Story time tip #5:
This is a good one for preschool and up age kids.... At the dinner table go around and ask your kids to pick something on the table and become that object. Then talk about what life is like as that object. Your kids can take turns asking each other questions. This is a playful storytelling game.... Remember you don't have to have a special story time or place set aside. Stories can happen anytime! Play with language and see where this one takes you.... And don't forget to tell us all about it in the comments!
Story time tip #4:
I have a little quilt I made that I use to tell short little stories with my son. I can use the embroidered animals as characters in a woodland story or sometimes we just pick one animal and tell a bit about that animal (where it lives and what it eats)....additionally the quilt can be used for games like eye spy or rhyming games. The best thing is that the quilt is so portable! I bet you have something around your house that can be used in a similar manner.
Story time tip # 3:
For the wee littles (under age five) simple nature and household stories are comforting and soothing to children. If you were following the thread on Story time tip #2 you may have been inspired by what you read in the comments. Take some time in the coming weeks to really think about how you could work this into your day. Right now I take Luke on a walk around the neighborhood every morning and tell him a short little story about little chickadee who lives in our neighborhood wood near the stream.
These animal family adventures are simple and nurturing. They should be short...... Don't worry about developing a plot!!!!! Your animals could be gathering twigs to build a nest, laying eggs, seeking food, waking, sleeping and caring for the young. Then the animals can venture around the neighborhood exploring and meeting other animals. This short stories can be very impromptu but will stretch your creativity and give your child rich language on which to flourish.
Story time tip #2:
Try taking a wordless picture book and invent your own story.... Don't shy away from these types of books! Give them a chance and see how creative you can be..... You might even be inspired to spin your own tale to tell your kiddos.
Storytelling tip #1:
Mommas..... One of the easiest ways to bring stories to your children is to tell them bedtime stories about their day. As you cuddle before bedtime, try spinning a quick yarn about your child's day. This is perfect for all ages and even more important for the tiniest babes as they need lots of oral language! Recap your baby's day as a short story.....for example I tell my 14 month old a story like this.....There once was a little boy named Alexander, just like you! And today he woke up and went to grandma's house and played with the dog. Then this little boy had a nap just like you! And after his nap he had a snack of grapes and yogurt and came home. Guess who was waiting for him? Daddy was home from work! Daddy gave Alexander a nice warm bath and tucked him in bed with his blanket and bear. Just like this little boy!
Stories like this build listening and sequencing skills and your child needs to hear your voice and make eye contact directly with you!
It's seems too simple, but the simplest stories, our stories and stories about our babes, will be the ones our children will cherish and ask for again and again.... Will you start this new tradition tonight?