Bedtime stories for kids. There are very few people in the world who don't love to get tucked into a cosy bed and share a wholesome, enjoyable story. But why are bedtime stories for kids so important?
Now before we start, I want to reassure you that I am well aware that the vast majority of parents and carers out there wholly understand the importance of bedtime stories for kids. They enjoy sharing them, reading with their kids and spending time together. However, we are members of an ever growing screen society. In a survey I carried out in a school a surprising 42% of children spent time using a tablet or smartphone before bed rather than reading. This blog post simply aims to reaffirm the importance of bedtime stories for kids.
When talking about the importance of bedtime stories there are 4 key points that we can consider:
- Cultivating imagination
- Creating a bond
- Encouraging a love of reading
- Opening the door to writing
When children read or when they share a bedtime story their imagination is in full flow. When we share bedtime stories with children they can be immersed in any story they are exposed to. One evening they might be joining the adventurous little mouse from The Gruffalo, the next exploring a wondrous chocolate factory with Charlie. This imagination will naturally extend into their play and enjoyment, which then naturally extends into their work at school or home.
Creating a bond
Bedtime stories for kids are just as important for them as they are for you. The time before sleep is precious; it is (in most cases) the time when everyone is beginning to wind down, it is the time when you can spend quality time together. When we share a story we share a common activity, and when we do that we create bonds together. These special bonds with your child will only be enhanced through story sharing.
Encouraging a love of reading
I could happily leave this section at that. Dr. Seuss hit the nail on the head when he was quoted saying the above. Developing a genuine love of reading is something that I have pushed in every classroom that I've been part of. Reading is not only an essential life skill but thanks to a love of reading, children will be exposed to stories and information they would not otherwise come across. With these tools in their box, they'll become more confident, assured people.
Opening the door to writing
When in the primary classroom, it is immediately obvious who the keen and regular readers are. The children who are read to, those who read themselves regularly and those who read a variety of books naturally progress quickly and enjoy the writing process. They have access to a wider vocabulary source, they learn a far greater variety of sentence structures and have a broader imagination at their disposal. Through reading, comes writing!
We'll share our favourite bedtime stories for kids in a further post but if you're looking for a change or inspiration it's definitely worth checking out Storyberries. Storyberries is run by Jade, a French-Australian writer who clearly has a passion for sharing beautifully written bedtime stories for kids. I particularly like that she has stories in collections depending on how long they take to read, meaning you can plan bedtime around them!
Whatever you read with your kids, sharing a bedtime story with them should be an enjoyable, bond-creating, loving time. It's certainly an activity I love!
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