This blog has been written by AccordingtoJ.
The importance of the bedtime story cannot be underestimated. It creates a strong bond between parents and children while also having a great impact on children's learning. This blog looks at the importance of storytelling, the benefits for a children, and how technology is making the bedtime story possible even when the parents are not at home.
“After nourishment, shelter and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the world”. I love this quote from children’s author Philip Pullman. We all live busy lives and the bedtime story is a great way for both parents and children to take a step back and enjoy some quality time together. It is chance for the family to discover new stories, and for parents to read their children the books that they loved when they were growing up.
Aside from the pleasure (and isn’t that enough) of the bedtime story there are many health benefits. The chief of the child development and behavior at the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development has stated that “neural research shows that when parents and caregivers interact verbally with children -- which includes reading to them -- kids learn a great deal more than we ever thought possible.” These include sharper memory, improvement of language and vocabulary, and better communication skills. Even better is that bedtime stories are fun so children enjoy developing these skills.
There are many ways to make the bedtime story fun. Experts have often stated that active adult participation is the key to keeping children interested. This can involve anything from putting on voices to singing. The more parents interact, the more likely the child is to become interested in the story.
Technology has changed the way bedtime stories can be read. Smartphones have enough memory to hold multiple books and story apps, which means that parents can carry many different types of books on the go. Another example of how smartphones and tablets have changed is how children read through interactive books. These books combine storytelling with gaming to create a much more immersive experience for children and parents. Combining classic stories with technology can make the bedtime story enjoyable for parents who are experiencing a well known story from a different angle and children who get to discover something new with their parents.
Kindoma has taken this one step further with video call storytelling. A vital part of the bedtime story is the presence of an adult reading to their child. The Kindoma allows parents to read to their children via video call and interact with books in the same way they would with a physical book. Reading is usually a solitary activity, yet the bedtime story is the opposite of solitary with an emphasis on the child hearing their parent’s voice. Apps such as Kindoma Storytime ensure that children never miss out on this vital part of their upbringing.