Updated: Jun 10
Even as grown up adults we distinctly remember the stories we were first read to as kids. There were instances that led us to imagine and create for the first time. Even now we remember those times beaming with a smile. And we associate those visionary episodes to the characters we loved the most.
As we take a trip down memory lane, we see the drawings come to life. Picture books significantly influence children who are just learning to read. The budding storytellers act what they see and perceive, and thereby it is integral we are careful of what we speak around them.
The use of illustrations alongside an interesting morally enriching story can assist children in improving their comprehension, fluency, vocabulary, and other core reading abilities. A picture book's graphics pull the pages alive and serves as a graphical guide for the text.
Here are some hard-to-negotiate changes that tell us how early age storytelling shapes the tiny tots:
- Say hello to a socially aware, and emotionally sound generation: Picture books with stories can offer social cues and cultural distinctions that help children develop their socio-emotional skills. Modeling social actions in books can assist develop social language skills and promote excellent conduct. This kind of impression stays with them throughout their life.
- Spark their enthusiasm in reading: A picture book's artwork can be captivating, entertaining, and motivating, all at the same time. They have the ability to let us spin our own web of stories.
The value of visuals in kindling delight and providing a joyful and compelling reading experience for children is a fundamental component of picture books that we should not overlook. Reading picture books to children on a regular basis helps them self-regulate their behavior until they are able to sit through an entire story and genuinely take an interest in the events.
- Empower them to comprehend and form their own narrative: There are many other fundamental abilities that children must acquire in order to grasp the text they read. They learn the consequences of changing the sequence of events. At the end of stories, you can even ask them to recall the events and thus aid them in summarizing skills. When done in a positive, nourishing environment it pushes them to form their own narrative as they comprehend a scenario.
Pictures assist us to compare and contrast expressions, abstract inferences, setting, and context. These particulars enable us to examine more intricate aspects of character development.
- Familiarize them with the wordplay: Children learn to understand sounds and patterns in spoken language when they begin to speak and create sentences.
This is called phonological awareness, and it is the basis for learning to read.
Many picture books include a rhythmic cadence that helps children learn and practice phonological awareness.
Kids can begin by repeating portions from their favorite picture books, then create their own rhymes or stories on the basis of their knowledge.
Lessons from Pete the Pony is one such initiative by Planting Seeds Co. to entertain our little partners and enlighten them with life values at the same time. They have fun as they color their stories and march on the journey that, one day, they will look back and smile at.