It is unusual for me to find a media article that covers important learning and thinking concepts and principles without overstepping the mark. This article, “Why Stories Matter for Children’s Learning“, was a surprise. I came across it by accident, surfing for something totally different.
When I read this,
Stories told to children can make a difference.
Scholars have found that stories have a strong influence on children’s understanding of cultural and gender roles. Stories do not just develop children’s literacy; they convey values, beliefs, attitudes and social norms which, in turn, shape children’s perceptions of reality.”
They had me. I was going to read to the end.
And I’m glad I did. The article agrees with me. That’s nice. As a teacher and tutor, helping children to navigate and understand relationships, rules and consequences came as part of the job.
Parents, teachers and carers all understand they could “talk ’til the cows came home”, and some messages just wouldn’t sink in. My book, Granny Jen is Missing due for release before Christmas, tackles these issues by showing not preaching, confirming what the kids already know and touching their emotions when the animals are lonely, angry, noisy and helpful.
More importantly, it allows adults easy access to important discussions.