Why traditional storytelling is still a matter of the utmost importance

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Nathaniel may have inherited what has been my passion for reading as shown in this picture when he was only a little over two years old.

Traditional storytelling has been lost in the midst of transition with the introduction of new technologies that replaced the traditional means and ways. New inventions made it all possible by making works easier, faster, and more efficient. But not with traditional storytelling though, as it continues to stand its ground proving why some things are best left alone.

A scientific study has been conducted and came up with a conclusion that one of the determining factors for future academic success of a baby is in the amount of words per hour per babies to hear before the age of two. The baby’s first exposure to language begins at birth, and so with his reading and writing skills as well. Every word you say and read to your baby can generate something that results to brain growth.

Every time you read and re-read a book, your baby’s brain, like a sponge, absorbs all the information it can to form the foundation of what will be his lifelong literacy. It is important to note that words are the basis of literacy which is the ability of an individual to read and write. In that sense, every word you say to your baby in his earliest stage of development is the food for his brain.

Traditional storytelling is important because it builds relationships and closer connections among children, parents, extended family members, and friends and acquaintances. It also contributes a lot to cultural literacy. Cultural literacy, by the way, is about knowing and understanding the past and the present.

Cultural literacy can have a positive impact in young children as it helps them understand and appreciate the shared heritage, institutions, and values that unite people together as a nation. It also helps them to read more fluently and with greater understanding, and in gaining new knowledge and to put that knowledge into its proper perspective. In other words, it helps children to feel they are a part of something bigger than their own selves.

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