It’s National Storytelling Week this week and the children have been exploring the wonderful world of story books! Stories teach us about the world, they allow us to step into someone else’s shoes and feel empathy, they help us to relax and escape and they can help develop essential literacy skills. The National Literacy Trust found that children who enjoy reading are three times more likely to read above the level expected for their age as those who don’t enjoy reading. In the middle of lockdown, reading provided a creative outlet for a lot of children who were stuck inside and helped them feel better!
This week a few of the children took a trip to the nearby library, where they explored the space, the huge selection of books, and even picked a few to bring back to the nursery with them! Visiting a local library can be a great way to show your child the variety of literacy in the world around them, and can help bring literacy into their everyday life as a positive. Libraries are also a good way of socialising with your child. Lots of local libraries offer day events centered around reading!
We also had parents volunteer to come into the nursery and read their children’s favourite books. Reading together helps develop cognitive language skills, listening and reading skills, attention span, and creativity. It also helps to build a positive relationship with literacy which can benefit your child in their education.