Storytelling is important because it teaches children to understand other people and cultures, develop listening skills, build vocabulary, develop a desire to read, associate written and spoken words, and develop sound discrimination skills.
Children's books are a key source of stories. Storybooks, like family life stories, animal stories, and fairy tales contain pictures and complex plots to teach children about thoughts, feelings, and actions of others as well as how to follow along in a story. Another category is fables, which teach kids a valuable lesson.
Teachers should choose books that have dramatic elements. Children like books where they can see and feel the events in order to engage their minds. While choosing children's books, consider fictional content, illustrations, vocabulary, durability, and length.
While reading stories to children, think about the way you're reading. Use gestures, talk with enthusiasm, smile, make eye contact, and use different voices and volumes for different characters.
In addition to reading stories aloud, there should be variety in storytelling methods. Other methods include draw and tell, audio and video recordings, puppet shows, flip charts, and reading individually or with a small group. If the teacher only reads aloud, students will not be engaged.
The library area of the classroom should be away from traffic so that it's quiet for children to read. Books, flannel boards, CDs, and other storytelling equipment are located in this area.