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Hello Parents,

Child experts worldwide agree that the most important period in a child's mental development is in the first 5 years of his/her life. Hence as parents it is paramount that children benefit from all the help that's available.A major advantage is that of having stories read to or having to listen. This is where Stories Are Us is unique, listening to audio stories significantly improves children's concentration, and thereby they become better listeners and learners. It follows therefore that children's conversational skills are enhanced, thus allowing them to express themselves.

Stories Are Us provides an excellent learning tool whereby children between the ages of five to ten years old can listen to audio stories, engage and develop their imagination along with the narrator's storytelling. Stories Are Us offers a relaxing supplement that aims to bring life and depth to your child's reading experience in a fun and easy listening medium.

The five categories – Animals; Biblical; Fables; Fairy Tales; and Historical stories have been carefully selected for the 'pre-school' child to the more advanced 'independent' readers.

All the stories have been taken from eminent authors of their time from the late 18th century/early 19th century - The Brothers Grimm, Hans Christen Andersen to name two (click on Authors Tab for a full list of the Authors). Listening to these stories will not only give children pleasure, but the stories also lay the foundation for broader literary studies.
Each section has a specific questions and answers section, this will focus minds promote debate polish social skills.


Below is a list of some of the benefits derived from listening to audio stories.

Some Advantages of Listening to Audio Stories

  1. Teach critical listening
  2. Introduce new genres that children might not otherwise have thought of.
  3. Stories may sometimes create 'magic' and a sense of wonder at the world
  4. Stories teach us about life, about ourselves and about others
  5. Audio stories bridge the gap in young children whose understanding and comprehension is greater than their reading skills
  6. It improves a child's listening skills
  7. Listening to stories has shown to improve a child's conversational skills and to encourage them to express themselves
  8. The sound of spoken words is capable of etching pictures and vivid images in the mind of the listeners
  9. Children also learn the art of concentration and visualisation – both of which are important facets of brain development
  10. Hearing stories instils the love of language in children and motivates them to read
  11. Through the dialogue between characters, children learn socialisation skills and the art of conversation
  12. As children are drawn into the story, they are unconsciously; but effectively familiarised with complex sentence structure and sequencing events
  13. In verbal story telling the words and sentiments are expressed with such animation that children become acquainted with the force and power of language
  14. Their vocabulary is expanded as new words are introduced and then re-in forced by repetition and rephrasing throughout the story
  15. Storytelling is a unique way for children to develop an understanding, respect and appreciation for other cultures and can promote a positive attitude to people from different cultures, races and religions

Stories Are Us picked up the Interactive Media Award (IMA) for 'Outstanding Achievements' in the Kids Section. Judges on the panel can be seen below.

In 2013, Stories Are Us also made it as one of the top 8 Finalist in the Samsung Digital Media Awards 2013.

JUDGES ON THE PANEL FOR THE INTERACTIVE MEDIA AWARDS

  1. American Express
  2. Cadbury Schweppes
  3. CNNmoney.com
  4. Conde Nest Publication
  5. Microsoft
  6. New York Timess
  7. Ogilvy and Mather
  8. Time Warner Inc
  9. Verizon Business

 


References Taken From:

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Kwan H Lo Article originally published on: http://articlesnatch.com
Martha Hamilton & Mitch Weiss
Baskin & Harris 1995. 'Heard any good books lately? The case for audiobooks in the secondary classroom'. Journal of Reading, 38(5); 372-376



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