Jo Ann Gramlich’s book on interactive activities for infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and young students is a reliable example of why interactivity in stories is critical.
The process of storytelling can often be one-sided since it typically involves one party, e.g., a teacher, or a storybook, relaying the narrative while another is simply listening to or reading the information being delivered and processing it on their own.
That is why there is a growing interest in academia on how to make storytelling more engaging for students, especially the younger ones.
This is because storytelling is a very effective way of providing information by itself–but only if the listener or the reader is properly interacting with the material.
And this is where interactive stories come in. Incorporating interactivity in your narratives can be quite helpful to readers in a variety of ways.
How Do Interactive Stories Help?
By actively encouraging them to engage with the story, they are given prime opportunities to better improve their communicative and linguistic capabilities. The nature of the interaction can also lead to a lively discussion with other readers and more enthusiastic participation during reviews.
Interactive stories also help foster creativity and a fascination for constructing stories by letting readers imagine the world as depicted in the story more clearly and allowing them to experience, if only in their heads, where their imaginations might lead and what possible consequences or outcomes come about when considering one action over the other.
Additionally, interactive stories–by their very nature–can serve as practice for learning about and developing empathy and emotional intelligence. Stories typically expose readers to a wide range of perspectives and experiences–and the addition of interactive elements helps in the immersion.
When Should You Start Using Interactive Stories?
For parents, interactive stories are best introduced as early as possible. Letting children engage with interactive narratives early on helps them develop a passion for reading at a relatively young age.
In fact, did you know that talking and interacting with your child can be started as early as birth? By starting as early as possible, you are already way ahead and correctly putting your child on the right track.
This is because an early introduction to these types of activities has the benefit of already preparing them for their later formative years,
And a very helpful tool in this regard is Jo Ann Gramlich’s book on interactive activities for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers: Talk, Play, and Read with Me Mommy and Talk, Play, and Read with Me Daddy. These two interactive stories offer you and your child a medley of entertaining and engaging activities that stimulate the mind and appropriate activities to get you and your child moving up and about.
As an expert on child development, Jo Ann Gramlich has designed every activity and interaction in her two books to properly accommodate your child’s reading level so as to better enhance their speech and language skills.
How Can Parents Facilitate Interactivity?
The best part of interactive stories is that they can be used daily with your children for only a few minutes–and because they are storybooks, you can bring them anywhere and do these activities wherever and whenever.
And these are the ways that parents can help facilitate interactions during their storytelling:
- Try to create an atmosphere where inquiry is allowed and encouraged. Children should be invited to ask questions and ponder what is happening within the narrative.
- Engage with your children’s predictions and allow them to make some. Children should be free to make inferences and guess how the story’s plot might go.
- Let your children lead the pace of the story. Children should learn how to read by themselves, and this means letting them start at their own pace with the parent as the backseat passenger.