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Eva Paris @paris_eva

Telling a story to our children is simple. Reading it or narrating it without a book, we will make you live a thousand adventures and develop your imagination. But there are ways and ways of telling a story. How will we know we are telling a story well? Here are some clues

Our ancestors had much better developed than us the ability to relate. Today, our way of life has relegated the oral expression of stories to the background, and we do not always have the gift of speech. It does not matter, we take a book and let's rely on it.

But, with or without a book, we have to look at the child's attitude, how he is receiving the message. A child who enjoys the story, shows us that:

  • He wants to know more. The story does not always end when the book is closed. Look for alternative endings.
  • Listen attentively, expectantly for what will happen on the next page, but ...
  • He interrupts us when he considers it necessary, because he does not understand something, because he wants to know more, because he wants to give us his point of view about the specific episode ...
  • He wants to see the drawings, in the case of picture books.
  • He keeps the book and reviews it, "reads" it in his own way after listening to the story.
  • Draw what has happened in the story, or its characters (sometimes we just need to propose it).
  • He wants to play at being the hero or heroine of the story. Or the antagonist, what's the difference?
  • He remembers the story in other situations.
  • The story is created : we tell it by giving particular voices to the different characters, we use onomatopoeias, we gesticulate ... There is nothing worse than a child yawning or distracted while we tell him a story. Could it be that we are making it monotonous?
  • Gesture with us, talk with the characters, imitate the onomatopoeias.
  • He wants us to tell him the same story, over and over again. By the way, we accelerate the acquisition of vocabulary of the little one, although we do not let you miss new adventures.

All this said, I can not conclude without saying that storytelling is learned through practice, and that children will enjoy from the first moment to hear from their parents those stories, even before they understand them.

For this reason I always encourage you to tell stories to your children, better or worse, and that these lines help you give them a special touch and give you ideas to make the story not just a reading.

Photo | Neeta Lind on Flickr in Babies and more | Benefits of encouraging early reading, The sweetening of modern stories, How the first books of the baby have to be, 10 tips for children to hate reading