MAGIC CARPET HANDBOOK (12)
Storytime has the power to uncover children’s natural interests and abilities.
Part V-b: Storytime is Brain Food
Each individual’s nervous system begins its development according to its own unique built-in strategy. As babies, we are each born with billions of neurons in our brains. In early childhood, experiences determine how these neurons connect and organize information. Throughout life, these neurons form more and more connections. An individual’s nervous system combined with his or her experiences, results in a uniquely wired brain. Experiences make the brain grow. Experiences are brain food. Storytime is brain food.
A newborn’s brain has hidden areas of ability. These “intelligences” comes in multiple forms:
Some babies have inherent musical abilities. Others are more spatially intelligent. Dormant natural abilities exist as rich neural areas in our brains. For these abilities to become connected and strengthened, they must be stimulated. Many abilities get turned on and strengthened in childhood (connections are made in the brain’s neural pathways). When children express or demonstrate abilities, it is the role of parents, teachers and/or caregivers to notice and cultivate them. If these abilities fail to get stimulated throughout childhood, it’s possible for the neural connections to eventually be pruned.
Storytime Provides Rich New Experiences
Storytime is one of the earliest and most effective ways to light up hidden areas of ability in children. During storytime children’s brains are stimulated in different sensory ways:
- They hear spoken language and music.
- They see colorfully pictured worlds in books.
- They exercise fine and gross motor skills by doing fingerplays and story stretches.
- They listen to music and sing.
- When kids listen to stories, they use their imaginations to fill in the blanks.
The way a child’s brain grows depends on what it experiences. For young children, storytime is an experience-rich magic carpet ride. That’s why kid’s brains love storytime! For more free tips on early childhood brain development, click here.
Best of luck in your mission to Make Reading More Fun.
I hope you enjoyed this Magic Carpet Handbook. May you and your passengers have extraordinary adventures!
“A children’s story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children’s story.” –C.S. Lewis