Using stories when teaching my students has always been and always will be one of my top priorities.
The benefits of reading aloud to young (and not-so-young) children are many and varied and in all the literature I have read over the years with regards to child development, language development, literacy skills and even parenting skills I have yet to come across a publication that dissuades us from reading books.
Being read to and later independent reading have always been, a huge and wonderful part of my life. Some of my earliest memories are of my parents reading stories to me. Later, when I could read myself, I would always spend as much time as possible poring over well-loved books, many of which I have kept and will now be able to read to my own daughter.
My love and belief of reading is so strong that it actually pains me to hear (occasionally) adults and educators say that they do not have time to read to their children or that reading aloud is a waste of time when there is far more important things to be done in class.
What could be more important than the opportunity we have to introduce rich language, vocabulary, rhyme, alliteration, magical kingdoms and adventures, real-life learning experiences, sad and joyous moments in time, characters of all varieties and the list goes on and on and on…? So here is what I will say to you: go forth, read, read and read some more, read till you can´t read any more. Find time to share these magical experiences with our children. Look for language opportunities and play with words and sounds. A story (or two) a day keeps the boredom away! Enjoy.