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.
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.
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 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!
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)