Story time helps kids learn

Telling stories is a part of culture and passing on knowledge, but did you know it also helps your child’s brain grow?

Reading aloud with little ones, sharing stories and singing every day can help them to pick up words and sounds at an early age. This helps their brain grow and will help your kids to go on to read and communicate well later in life.

When do I start?

You can start reading to and talking to your child straight away. In the first years of a child’s life, their brain is hard at work growing connections and building the foundations for learning later in life. It’s important that these foundations are strong, so your child can build on them later with school and other learning.

What can I do?

Start talking to little ones from day one. Hearing you talk, tell stories, sing or read aloud will help your baby’s brain grow.

  • You can also make up your own stories and songs or tell family stories. Asking other family members to help you make the story can be positive family time.
  • When you read aloud to young kids, try pointing at the words and pictures as you go, or use a funny voice to keep it interesting for young minds. Ask little ones to choose the books they want to read at story time. They will learn how to hold a book and gently turn the pages by watching you.
  • Books and stories can also help kids understand new experiences. Try reading a book about a kid’s first day at school or about having relatives come to visit. If something scary happens in a story or a book, talk to little ones about what happened and how they can deal with this.
Reading anywhere

Reading can happen anywhere that there are words. Kids can practice reading packages at the supermarket or breakfast table, or read aloud street signs in the community.

Having a parent or family member join in to read things aloud with them can make little ones excited to keep learning.

 Image Elder Aunty Honor Cleary reads a book with child at kindy

Published — 31 August 2016 Last updated — 04 November 2016