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Story Power Facts

It doesn’t matter how old we are, we all use stories to explore our lives – past and present – and our possible futures. Other stories allow us to learn about the lives of our family and friends. Telling and reading stories provides a safe space to experience and make sense of the ups and downs of life.

Then there are those stories that transport us into the lives of people we’ve never known, who come from long ago and places faraway. And there are those stories that carry us away to imaginary worlds where real-life fades and fantasy takes over. We might all enjoy different stories but we all share and explore them for the same reason: they are just so satisfying!

So, sharing stories with your children is fun and powerful!

 And did you know that it also has lots of other benefits too? Here are some of them:

(Please click on each benefit for the theoretical underpinnings of the Story Power campaign)

Stories help your children develop their 
imagination and creativity.

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Stories help your children to develop their
language and thinking, especially when they
hear or read them in their home languages.

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Stories provide examples to your children of
how people meet the challenges that face
them.

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It’s never too early to start – 75% of what
children will learn in their lifetime is learnt
by the age of two! 

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Being told stories and being read
to at home are the things most
likely to help make your children
successful learners at school.

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Children who have enjoyable storytelling and
reading experiences at home are more likely
to be motivated to read.

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Reading aloud with children is known to be
the single most important activity for building
the knowledge and skills they will
eventually require for learning to read.

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Reading aloud with kids is crucial for building
the knowledge and skills they'll require to learn
to read.

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Books contain many words that children
are unlikely to encounter frequently in
spoken language.

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The single most significant factor influencing a
child’s early educational success is an introduction
to books and being read to at home prior to
beginning school.

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Children who know adults who read for
pleasure take it for granted that reading
is a valuable and worthwhile activity.

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School children who are told stories are
the first to form abstract concepts across
the curriculum. Being told stories boosts
language and, by feeding the child’s
imagination, develops abstract thought.

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Children who read a lot as opposed to
watching television, develop longer
attention spans.

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When reading feels good to children, they
become readers. We all repeat things that
are pleasurable.

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Children are more likely to continue to be
readers in homes where books and reading
are valued.

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