Starting a new year is the perfect time to have your child share about their life!
Children love stories and hearing interesting stories about family members or friends help children feel more connected to those around them. Children love to hear stories about when they were younger as well as stories about when their parents were little kids.
A Look Back at This Year
Now is the perfect time to have your child reflect on what they did last year. For a child who is four — thinking about what they were like when they were three allows them to rejoice in their growth. Now is the perfect time to also work on helping your child understand his/her emotions.
If your child gets stuck working on an emotion, take that same feeling from your childhood and expand on it, so he sees the rich language and expressions of your childhood event.
Sometimes the more complex an emotion is, the more likely that you might need to share that feeling from your childhood for your child to understand. Also, this allows you to actually connect with your child. If your child can understand how you felt when you were his age, it builds on family connections.
Your child can develop better listening skills and learn to ask questions during story times. You children hear new words as they listen to stories, which can help build their vocabulary. Children who hear lots of stories learn how stories work. They learn that characters solve problems and how stories begin and end. This helps them understand other stories they will read later in their school years.
I Learned a Lot Today
I found out that one child was afraid to swim when he was younger but now he smiles when he swims in the big pool. One girl used not to be able to paint and now that she is big five-year-old she can mix colors. She said her face used to be sad, but now it is joyful. One often silent boy told me how when he was little he could not build Legos and now that he was four and 1/2 he could build great big towers.
Children love to tell stories about when they were little! Please encourage them to talk about how they have grown.
Expat Children Can also Tell Interesting Versions
Some of the international kids, that I work with added these comments:
- When I was little I didn’t speak Mandarin, but now that I am big I speak Thai.
- When I was little, I lived in Italy, and I didn’t like noodles now that I am big I eat Thai noodles.
- When I was little, I could dance the Bali frog dance, but now I can also do Korean Dances.
I have to say, you just have to love the thoughts and comments from expat children. Expat children love to tell stories about when they were little! Please encourage them to talk about how they have grown. Then let them share this knowledge with their extended family.
My Favorite Free Digital Storytelling Tools
Create multimedia experiences with videos, photos, music, blogs, and documents.
- Comic Master
Create your own graphic novel, add backgrounds, choose characters and props to appear in your scenes, add dialogue and captions.
The purpose of MapSkip is to create a weave of stories about the places in our lives. Create a free account and mark places in Google Maps with your own stories and photos.
Slidestory allows you to combine picture slideshows with voice narration. Each picture in a slideshow has an accompanying voice narrated mp3 audio file, optional tags, and text caption.
- Adobe Slate
This lets you turn your next newsletter, report, invitation, or travel adventure into a visual story. Create your Slate story and share the link anywhere.
- Sock Puppets
Sock Puppets lets you create your own lip-synched videos and share them on Facebook and YouTube. You add puppets, props, scenery, and backgrounds and start creating. Hit the record button and the puppets automatically lip-synch to your voice.
Toontastic is a storytelling and creative learning tool that enables kids to draw, animate, and share their own cartoons with friends and family around the world through simple and fun imaginative play! With over 2 million cartoons created in over 150 countries, parents and teachers rave about the app and kids can’t stop creating!