The Importance of Stories

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If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales.

Albert Einstein

There is evidence to show that stories create new neural connections in a child’s brain by stimulating the growth of neurons as they process and visualise the words of the story. And this is certainly not exclusive to fairy tales! Stories not only create magical escapism and a sense of wonder, but they can teach us about life, about ourselves, and about other people. Stories are a unique way for children to develop an understanding and appreciation for other cultures, and they promote a positive attitude to diversity.

Encouraging pupils to read stories more is something I do a lot. Here are a few reasons why:

Stories promote language building

The more children read, the bigger their vocabulary becomes and the more confident they become in their own written and verbal communication. Many of our EAL students find the exploration of literature the most rewarding challenge here at Rugby School Thailand.

Students learn and socialise through stories.
Students learn and socialise through stories.

Stories help build social skills

Children connect with others over shared stories, but they also find connection with the characters within these tales and develop important qualities like empathy.

Reading stories together helps children build social bonds.
Reading stories together helps children build social bonds.

Stories teach problem-solving

Building a picture in their mind’s eye and trying to work out motives or potential plot twists is a great way for children to learn how to solve problems. Critical thinking is one of the most valuable skills they can learn, as it can be applied to so many areas of life.

Stories help children think creatively and introduce them to new ideas.
Stories help children think creatively and introduce them to new ideas.

Stories help improve memory

Stories are a memorable way to learn things, for example historical events. One study showed that facts and stats are 20 times more likely to be remembered if they are part of a story!

Children learn and strengthen their memory by reading and learning new stories.
Children learn and strengthen their memory by reading and learning new stories.

Stories provide a healthy dose of escapism

Taking time out to immerse oneself in a story can calm and reset the mind. A study has shown that reading for 6 minutes can reduce stress by up to 68%!

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By Will Stoker, Head of English (Prep)

Written by

Rugby School Thailand

Rugby School Thailand

Rugby School Thailand is an international day and boarding school, whose approach is based upon the world-renowned British private school model, and whose curriculum is drawn from the best of the England & Wales National Curriculum and the UK’s Independent Schools’ Curriculum. It is the first and only school to take the name of its prestigious parent, Rugby School (UK), which was founded 450 years ago and from where the world-famous sport originated.