Who is story teller for your child?

You? Grand parent? Or Salman, Shahrukh, Amir, Akshay, Kangnana, Karina, Madhuri, Rajdeep, Arnab, Ekta kapoor, Paresh Rawal?

You or your substitute TV?

If it is TV, critical development process is hampered.

Among the advice new parents receive is to read to their babies early and often. The hope is that sharing books together will help children’s language development and eventually, turn them into successful readers. But still, so many parents allow kids spending more time in front of screens(TV, Tablet,Phone). 🙁
Reading story to your kids is critical. Passive reading from tablet, TV and phone won’t help. Your presence is needed most. Your narration is the magic. Connecting your brain with theirs.
Brain areas supporting mental imagery showed particularly strong activation, suggesting that visualization plays a key role in narrative comprehension and reading readiness, allowing children to “see” the story. “This becomes increasingly important as children advance from books with pictures to books without them, where they must imagine what is going on in the text,” Dr. Hutton said.
I will go one step further based on my experience: Enact first. Perform the story. If needed, take help of other objects and persons. But act. Enact stories by verbal tones and acting. Later, repeat same story by reading from books. Wonderful support for growing minds.

MRI shows association between reading to young children and brain activity

Study provides new evidence that book-sharing in early childhood may promote brain development supporting reading readiness

Reading with children starting in infancy gives lasting literacy boost

New research shows that reading books with a child beginning in early infancy can boost vocabulary and reading skills four years later, before the start of elementary school.