Today (20 March) is World Storytelling Day celebrated around the world. With school closures coming into effect on Friday, children can embrace reading to prevent feeling bored over the period.

www.workingmums.co.uk have said: “Planning activities for kids at home is a way to break up the day. It might include time for some chores, a daily walk, reading time and board games.”

But how should you go about embracing reading? This blog post explains.

 

What is World Storytelling Day?

World Storytelling Day is an idea to have ‘as many people as possible tell and listen to stories in as many languages and in as many places as possible’.

The first World Storytelling Day was held in Sweden in 2001. Reading and telling stories is a great way to pass on community values, information, history and entertainment.

Each year the day has a theme: this year it’s Myth, Legend and Epic.

 

What are the benefits of reading fiction?

Reading fiction provides a mental stimulus which helps with memory, vocabulary and focus. Putting your mind into the characters’ position helps to develop empathy and emotional intelligence.

According to Kay L Moody, reading can improve:

  •  Brain connectivity
  •  Vocabulary
  •  Memory
  •  Concentration
  •  Analytical skills
  •  Empathy
  •  Tolerance

It can also reduce stress levels.

 

How can EDLounge Limited help?

EDLounge Limited’s online platform can help with your English ability, with a range of tailored lessons suitable from KS2 to KS4.

Our online literature options includes works from William Shakespeare, Charles Dickens and Arthur Conan Doyle.

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