Storytelling and Family
Some of the best stories come from family and sharing things that will be done and/or have been done. Research indicates that language develops best when children are continually exposed to stories and storytelling. My son has always had both - whether it be the books we escaped into, the trips we took, or even listening to family tell one of those 'when I was your age' stories. My son loved sitting for hours listening to his grandfather tell stories about growing up, being in the Army, and working in media. He loved sitting for hours listening to his great-grandmother tell about leaving Poland and coming to the United States; listening to her friends recount their youth. My family comes from a long line of family storytellers - and it shows when my son retells his version of stories! How about you and your family? Can your children tell a story? Act out? Recount with their version? Pretend and make up a new one? What does your family talk about?