Stories are powerful learning tools. They make us think and feel. This creates an experience which helps us understand the lesson or the ‘moral of the story’.
We all love a good story… and when it’s used to teach a lesson, we remember the lesson! Think about the story “The Tortoise and The Hare”. I am guessing that brought to mind the lesson of ‘slow and steady wins the race’.
Stories have been used since the beginning of time!
Stories have been used to teach lessons for many centuries, for example, the Dreamtime stories told by our traditional landowners. I am sure there are stories of days gone by that are told within your own family. Stories are how we remember things.
Stories stimulate various centres of the brain which lead to deeper learning. When reading or hearing facts, only the intellectual centre of the brain that turns words into meaning is engaged. However when using stories, the emotional and physiological parts of the brain are also engaged creating an experience that leads to deeper learning and connection to the message
The stories we use have the power to transform and inspire our kids, to shape how they see themselves and to help them understand what is possible in their lives. They are left feeling good about themselves, believing they can make a difference in their own lives.
Stories enable children to ‘learn without lecture‘ and allow coaches to ‘teach without preaching’. Stories let us as parents and coaches to break through resistance from the child and open the door for the child to apply the lessons from the story to their own situations.
Stories are a great tool for starting important conversations with kids. Stories help children get in touch with thoughts and feelings without putting them on the spot or embarrassing them.
Stories are a great reminder when children are learning to implement a new skill. For example if children are acting disrespectful you can ask if they are leaving black marks or gold hearts on themselves and the people they love. This instantly reminds them of the characters in the story and draws their attention to the impact they are having on themselves and others.
Information above adapted from Special Life Coaching Report by Adventures In WisdomTM