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5 Reasons We Take Storytime Seriously

Storytime is one of the most important areas of an early childhood curriculum. The benefits of reading with young children will impact them for the rest of their lives. Storytime has always been an integral part of the Highlands School program. We began the tradition of inviting families and their young children to our school library for Saturday Storytime programs because we feel strongly about sharing with the community the importance of early literacy, as well as the importance of storytime — a wonderful and magical educational experience to be shared among parents and their children.

Here are our top 5 benefits of storytime:

Social Opportunities
Students in preschool and kindergarten are learning how to function in a group setting for the first time. Storytime is an activity that allows each child to participate and to share their own ideas about what is going on in the story. In a well-written children’s book, there is always a lesson to be learned, characters with whom to identify, and real-world connections to be made as students listen to stories read by their teachers. Storytime provides students with the opportunity to participate, to use their blossoming language and critical thinking skills, and to develop self-confidence and inner control as they eagerly wait to share their thoughts.
Reading & Listening Skills
We choose stories that enrich a child’s vocabulary, exposing them to a more sophisticated use of language. As a teacher reads, students learn to listen, comprehend details, sit still, focus, and follow instructions. All of these skills are crucial for school readiness, and develop children academically, socially, and emotionally in preparation for their formal educational years.
Positive Attitudes
It is vital that young learners develop positive attitudes toward reading as early as possible. As adults we all know the pleasures of reading and the importance of strong reading skills in order to be successful in all areas of life. It is important for parents to be good role models and lay a strong foundation for a lifelong love of reading, as well as the establishment of strong literacy skills.
Inspired Minds
Just as they do for adults, books help students discover new concepts, ideas, and cultures. Stories expand students’ horizons and empower their imaginations. Books are a way to bring the big world into the life of a child. As we enter the world of 21st century learning, and the emphasis on global learning and understanding, it is crucial that we begin the process of expanding students’ minds and imaginations at an early age. The more students read, the better they understand and relate to the world around them. In turn, they develop confidence to explore the endless possibilities education presents.

A Comfortable Environment
Not only is storytime important in laying all of these intellectual and academic foundations for growing children, it is also important simply to share comfortable, low-key, relaxed time with an adult. During this special time, a child gets a true sense of belonging to a caring group and begins trusting an adult in order to feel good about himself and the learning environment. It is in this warm, nurturing atmosphere that love of learning, reading, and a respect for adults and the school program is established.
Join us for Saturday Storytime
Are you looking for a high-quality preschool through 8th grade program in Birmingham? We invite you and your child to our next Saturday Storytime, January 23 from 10:00-11:30 a.m. Join us to see how we establish a love of learning and a strong connection between adult and student, as our wonderful teachers model reading and fun learning experiences with your children. You’ll also see how we set the tone for all learning at a young age at Highlands School. We look forward to seeing you for Saturday Storytime! For questions, or to RSVP for the event, please email us jmcdonald@highlandsschool.org.
Highlands School, 4901 Old Leeds Road, Birmingham, AL 35213, (205) 956-9731
Highlands School's 'whole child' approach to education and commitment to academic excellence, creative expression, and leadership development prepare and motivate students in grades 4k through 8 to make a positive difference in an ever-changing world. Located in Birmingham, Alabama, Highlands School holds dual accrediation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and the Southern Associations of Independent Schools (SAIS).

For more information, visit www.highlandsschool.org.