Stories will stay with people much longer than facts or statistics. That’s why at GOYOkids when we create learning resources to teach kids movement, we blend it with storytelling. We believe we are all born to tell stories and make sense of life in story form. It helps us connect emotionally, and relate to one another as human beings, in a way that memorising the times tables or correcting punctuation simply cannot. (Never fear though, we don't underestimate the importance of a correctly placed semi-colon!)
Good literacy skills are important in life, we all know that. No doubt you have all heard, read and had it pounded into you from everyone wanting to dish out parenting and teaching advice that reading to children from a young age, regularly, is vital for them to development good literacy skills.
But, have you ever considered the power of storytelling (forget using a book for a moment) to boost your child(ren)s opportunities for good literacy development? Or maybe even the power of storytelling to ignite your own imagination? Let me tell you, it can be incredible for confidence building in both the listener and the teller. Not everyone is cut out for writing and creating their own stories, but at at GOYOkids HQ we believe everyone has the potential to learn to be a good storyteller. And we're here to help you do just that.
Let's start with some fast facts on literacy, and our views on the positive power of storytelling.