Child learn many different ways and storytelling can be a great way to not only help children learn language and literacy, but learn about–and express–the world around them.
This resource from ZERO TO THREE provides info on how children who are born with no language can learn the rudiments of story telling within 24-30 months. Find out how play and narrative can be the building blocks for a story, how reminiscing with others can create links between the child and the family or caregiver, and how facial expressions and body language can impact the story itself. 
In the short video below, storyteller Anne E. Stewart talks about telling stories with children. She shares how storytelling promotes literacy and language and helps children get ready to start reading. Stories about family and culture also give children a sense of their place in the world.
The video has tips you can use to start a story, then get children involved in the story.

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