Narratives That Nurture

Narratives That Nurture

 

We all know that reading stories is a great source of entertainment – we have all seen our little ones spellbound by a fairy tale or legend! Reading can also, expand their vocabulary and increase their knowledge of the world, and boost their literacy skills.

 

But have you considered the role that stories play in developing a child’s emotional literacy? For parents, carers and educators, stories are a powerful tool to help children learn about emotions and develop the resilience they need to engage with the wider world.

 

Read more storiesStories allow children to experience vicariously the challenges faced by characters, understand the emotional responses, and observe the resolution and resilience demonstrated. This experience is crucial in helping children develop their own coping mechanisms and resilience in the face of real-life challenges.

 

Building Emotional Literacy with Storytime

Storytime has long been a treasure trove of tales that spark imagination and impart valuable lessons. Many of them teach valuable lessons about how to navigate the complex landscape of emotions and resilience. Here are just a few stories that your children might find enlightening and educational…

 

Jack Makes the Princess Laugh: Appearing in issue 59, this story highlights the transformative power of laughter and joy in overcoming sadness.

 

Moving Day: This science fiction tale featured in Storytime issue 69. It may be set on the Moon and Mars, but it focuses on universal themes – new beginnings, moving to new places, and the role that empathy and kindness play in making friends.

 

The Girl Who Knew No Fear: In issue 94, you will find this classic story about a girl who faces scary situations without so much as a shiver. However, by the end she finds something that she is afraid of! This story will make young readers think about what fear is… and what it truly means to be brave!

 

The Goblin in the Garden: Dealing with separation and moving house is an evergreen theme for stories, and so many kids can relate to these emotions. This story from issue 97 deals with these ideas and adds a little touch of enchantment.  When children encounter similar situations in their own lives, they can think of how May, the heroine of this story, dealt with her emotions…

 

The Tiny Samurai: Children often feel like they are in a world that is too big for them – it’s difficult to navigate a world built and populated by huge adults! That’s the key to the appeal of this story, which adds a Japanese twist to a story of a tiny character stuck in a normal-sized world. However, they can take inspiration from how tiny Issun-Boshi triumphs over an ogre and becomes a hero… through a combination of bravery, politeness and skill. He provides a great example for any child who feels out of place in an outsize world!

 

StorytimeThese narratives serve as mirrors for children to see their emotions reflected and as guides to help then navigate their feelings. We focus on providing content that is full of situations and role models that kids can identify with.

 

My Mind Matters!

In addition to the inspirational themes that can be found in our stories, we also provide advice on developing emotional literacy and resilience and coping with challenging situations. The My Mind Matters section in Storytime is written by Jessica Bowers, a well-being writer, counsellor and consultant for the magazine. Every month, she provides ideas and activities about emotions, coping skills, and effective communication.

 

Jessica’s experience as a counsellor and psychotherapist has given her great insights, which she shares in the My Mind matters section. She provides practical and accessible advice and activities that help kids to get in touch with their feelings and develop the ‘emotional toolbox’ they need to get the most out of life. emotions and fosters an environment where discussing feelings is a natural part of everyday life.

 

We hope you continue to share the gift of stories with your children – they contain seeds of emotional wisdom and strength. Remember, the stories we share with children today can shape their tomorrow.

 

Happy reading!