When children are exposed to the magical world of stories they are never alone. Stories expand the imagination and vocabulary. If a child is introverted, shy or uncertain reading often helps them to cope with emotions that they find difficult to identify but can often observe in the realm of stories. At school it is often easy for a teacher to separate those children that have been exposed to language from an early age from those who have had little or no exposure at all.
To further strengthen children’s love for stories and storytelling I have written a selection of stories that I have recorded professionally onto CD. Listening forms an integral part of reading and these stories allow children to listen and play at the same time. Each story is about 20 minutes long. The language is designed to extend the listeners vocabulary. The CD’s are for ages 4-10.
Questions at the end of each story are there to test there comprehension of the story. In some of the stories there are activities that can be done with the parent and form an extension of the story itself and also help the child draw from their own experience.
Developing a love for books and stories allows children to share with others and explore their emotions safely. Sometimes being able to identify within a character makes it easier to cope with their situations in their own lives. The CDs are aimed to enhance listening, comprehension and enjoyment. In today’s world children are bombarded with images and often not expected to think for themselves or use their auditory skills.