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Reading stories to children may seem like an easy thing, however, anyone who has ever tried it will have seen that attracting the attention of a child is not as simple as it seems. Good storytellers are rare and it is not uncommon for children to quickly lose track of the story and their interest.
In Guiainfantil.com We leave you some guidelines that you must take into account when telling a story so that your children do not fall asleep before their time.
1- Choose a cozy place: The site is important; It should be a place where we are comfortable, without distractions and without external noise.
2- Choose the book together: Surely you will not agree on the book to choose, but if you let him take part in the choice, and you give in from time to time, the child will be more involved in the story.
3- Up to 9 years of age it must have a happy ending: The child must have hopes, learn the moral and think that in life being good always has its reward.
4- It is better to tell it and not read it: By telling it, we get much more attention with our gestures and gaze; we will also add our personal touch to the story, enriching the story.
5- Repeat the story: Much to our regret, when children are under 5 years old they like to hear the same story over and over again because it makes them feel safe. As much as it may cost us, we must put the same emphasis when telling it as the first time.
6- Tell a single story: The objective of the story, in addition to distracting, is that it remains in your memory when you go to bed, so you can reflect on it. Too many stories will cause you to lose the essence of the message.
7- Illustrated stories if they are small: When they cannot read yet, the illustrations make an essential contribution to the book. The child seeks to put an image to the story and helps him to conceive the narrative much better, however, once he learns to read, he will have to abandon the illustrations to focus more on the story.
8- Put enthusiasm:It is important for the child to give us their full attention to put enthusiasm in what we read, to show that we find the story interesting to be able to transmit and awaken that same interest in the child.
9- Put different voices to the characters: Making the story funny is essential. Putting voices, in addition to entertaining them, will enrich the story. One point to keep in mind is that you should not be too strident as this will distract you from the essence of the story.
10- Make gestures and use your gaze: Especially if the story is told, the gestures will emphasize what we want to convey, although without going overboard so as not to remove attention from the story.
Telling stories is one of the greatest pleasures we can give our children, and that at the same time we can experience when we see their happy faces. A story at night will make our children a much more special moment and will be a good reason to go to bed happy.
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