Social Skills from Storytelling

I love my job. I genuinely love what I do.

I get to work with educators who are changing lives every day. I get to watch the magic happen in between wiped noses and zipped zippers. That magic spot where a child feels fully heard and understood, with someone waiting as long as it takes for the story to be told.

Those are hard moments, right? Sometimes that story takes….. aaaaages. That little one looking up to you wants so desperately to tell you something amazing they just saw, something they just thought of, something that happened two weeks ago, something they need. RIGHT NOW! But they don’t always have the words, or the story comes out a little jumbled… 

You know the one?…

The connection between a child and the adult who spends the time to get to know them is like no other. Working out exactly what the littles in our lives are saying sometimes feels like a superpower or an unspoken language. Because that’s exactly what it is.

93% of communication is non-verbal

WAIT. WHAT?! 

Now, I’m no math genius but that means that only 7% of what I’m actually saying is remembered, registered and retained.

Umm…. Then what am I saying all this stuff for?!

Paired with all the words, stories, and songs, are the snuggles, hands to be held, smiles and winks. And those contain the magic of the social-emotional development for the children we love so much.

There are those tiny gestures and expressions that tell us the story where the words haven’t come quite yet. And in those moments, reading those mini messages between the newly forming phrases is an opportunity for empowerment.

It’s incredible.

Although your mind is also moving a mile a minute with #allthethings that need to happen in a day filled with responsibility, know that you taking that moment with a child has given them an opportunity to blossom. It has filled their whole heart and sent signals to their brain like fireworks.

By listening to the story that took forever, you supported the child’s ability to:

  • identify and express emotion
  • identify and express needs and wants
  • regulate emotion
  • follow direction (through the general rules of conversation – you talk, I listen. I talk, you listen; taking turns, creating community)
  • focus and sustain attention

Take a quick scan over that list again because guess what? 

These are the skills we need to be successful in school, in relationships, in work, in adulthood. 

Yup. You are setting the stage for amazing things in this child’s future by hearing that story for the hundredth time.

You have set the foundation for the next story, the next moment when things feel a little bit hard and heavy, the next time they need support to work out what is going on around them, learning how to share what they want to say.

You are creating those wonder-filled environments (hear more on that here with a quick video) that are allowing that child to flourish.

So, that story that took forever, that took all sorts of twists and turns, that was almost the exact story you heard yesterday, and all the days before that… was a window of wonder.

Your job is hard. It takes incredible patience to do this, and the million other things required in a day. But in those mini-moments, you are empowering a child with the skills they need for the rest of their life.

I love my job. It’s hard. It’s exhausting. AND I get to have moments like this one. I get to watch someone like you having a moment like this one when I step into a daycare and watch it all unfold.

You empowered a child today. Who knows what they will do tomorrow.

Thank you for all you do.

I’d love to hear about your day, what you are wondering about and how I can help.

Let’s chat. Pop a comment in the box below – or over here on the contact me page.

Talk soon,

Jessica

Children so desperately want to tell you something amazing they just saw, but they don’t always have the words, or the story comes out a little jumbled… and you also have a million other things to do. Click here to read about the development that comes from listening to this story, empowering this child and setting them up for the future.  #teacher #parent #ece #educator  #lifeskills #socialskills #emotionalskills #story #toddler #preschooler #infant

Learning Environments for Everyone

Creating learning environments that meet everyone's needs.   This morning I attended a presentation with the hilarious and engaging Marc Battle. Marc is a passionate educator who knows and understands the value and importance of the environment in which children play...

read more

Self love and confidence through SONG: Lindsay Müller

Lindsay Müller is a creating Mindful Music for Children and Other Humans - She shared her story here: Three years ago, I was a stressed out mom of two energetic toddlers. I felt like most of the words that came out of my mouth were:    "Be careful!"  "Don't do that!" ...

read more

What is a wonder-filled environment?

Why do we need to have this conversation? What is the importance of a wonder-filled environment?!  Watch this incredible video from Education Inspire Change - where they so creatively depict a problem that I believe we are facing.There are so many beautiful...

read more

What is a Beautiful Things Box?

WHAT IS A BEAUTIFUL THINGS BOX? I've had quite a few readers reach out - asking about something I mention quite often.  I walk you through a Beautiful Things Box that we are currently using and what we have inside - to learn more about why I love these and why they...

read more

A Mission for Change in Early Childhood Education

I cannot think of a better time of year to forge forward with change. As I look outside at my big beautiful oak tree that provides a canopy to the space where my daughter plays, I see TRANSFORMATION before my eyes and it inspires me.  ...

read more

0 Comments

Add to the conversation! I would love to hear your thoughts!

learning through play every day books bees and abcs toddler preschooler learning activities

Join the Community

Sign up here for access to resources, freebies and support right in your inbox. I reach out weekly to share recent posts, and the newly created printables for the week and you're welcome to reply with your questions and comments that I will happily support you with as best as I can!

I know the feeling of an already overwhelmed inbox so I won't be sending unnecessary content to you and you're welcome to unsubscribe at any time. 

Learn more about my privacy policy here.

You have successfully signed up for free educational content to your inbox! So happy to have you!