Bedtime Stories: Making The Most Of Time

Years ago we featured an article about the usefulness, and importance, of bedtime stories as a continued tradition. The post highlighted the value of routine and overviewed what happens when parents spice up the average bedtime story for good. We’re putting a spin on that position by adding a few more sound pieces of advice. After all, if the new year resolves to read more, doing so just before bed is a double win-it creates the sweetest dreams! Here are a few ways to make stories before bed a tad more valuable:

  1. Pick a story that is close to home-Stories that are relative to children unlock the potential for careful attention. When listeners choose a story that interests them readers get to decide what bonus material they can add beforehand. Learning more about what makes the book unique with questions like “Why this book?” or “Do you think this one and this one back to back would be good?” are good segues into post book discussions. Doing this makes the experience relative.
  2. Read the story in parts-Dividing the book into parts and puffing up each part of the book with questions gives the reader more time to drag out the story. It also creates a good suspense and provides the reader with a bit to elaborate on with context. Doing this supports imagination.
  3. Make your own onomatopoeias-Listeners love textures when they are being read to. Spice up the story by creating onomatopoeias (sound imitations) that are relative to the story. If the story is about a car, for instance, replace the word car with “zooooooooooooooooom some” and have the listener alternate every other opportunity. Doing this creates value.
  4. Drive it home-Once the story is complete, ask more questions about it. Focus on questions about the character and the setting, then move toward questions about the challenge and or revelation. Doing so will ground the story for repeat reads helping both the reader and the listener to create a new experience each time the book is read. Doing so converts the experience as a tradition when done repeatedly.

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