That moment, at the end of the day, when we cuddle next to our kids and tell them a story is certainly one of the best of the day.
Here is a video with a few ideas to help you tell better stories:* (If you don’t understand Spanish you can read them below)
1-Don’t lower the vocabulary: a balance is important; if we use vocabulary that is too complex our child will get bored and lose the thread of the story, but it’s also important not to lower it too much so you can help them to gradually store new words in their heads with which to express their ideas.
2-Alternate between fantasy and reality: this works both for the characters (one day they can be the Robabbit, half robot, half rabbit – or other real people like Julia Hill) as for the plot (we can invent the story or draw on anecdotes from our childhood, for example).
3-If you’re tired, leave it: it’s best to read them a nice book then to tell them a story without enthusiasm. Don’t beat yourself up for it, it’s OK. Pick a book and try again the next day.
4-Allow them to add to the story: “suddenly the pirate opened the treasure box and…”, let them continue and become the protagonist of the evening. This will also help you understand what they like, what draws their attention.
5-Use props for the start of the story: you can collect words in a bowl and take one out as a starting point; you can also use images or illustrations…
What other techniques do you use to tell better stories? Don’t forget to share them below, I’d love to learn from you!
*P.S. When I recorded this video I had a terrible flu so I apologize for my voice, and especially for having confused Julia Hill with Julia Child. Sorry!
Photo: Brian Genio