In a life saturated with multi-media, digital technology, storytelling may seem like a lost art form, yet the educational and developmental benefits for children are countless. Introducing storytelling in to your child’s activities can improve their verbal proficiency, listening and memory skills, communication, and self-awareness. Through storytelling, children can explore their own thoughts about morality as their minds are opened up to a world larger and more complex than they realized, and they begin to emulate the virtues and experiences of their favorite characters. Many stories allow children to expand their understanding of the diverse cultural roots and traditions of others in their community. Learning new words, phrases, and ideas through storytelling opens the door to dialogues that help shape their young mind’s ability to ask questions and communicate ideas. It also strengthens their creativity and imagination in ways that are far removed from the inundation of visual media by allowing their growing minds to create their own ideas about the characters and worlds described to them in books.
International House, in partnership with Charlotte Mecklenburg Libraries, provides a fun and safe space for children’s storytelling that also incorporates songs and movement activities. The story time experience provided here is one of international and cultural diversity, community strength building, and education in literacy and acceptance.
Family Storytime will be held the first Monday of each month at International House, from 3:30-4:15 pm, in room 200. We encourage parents and caregivers to come and participate in these story times with their young ones!