I have long been a fan of audio stories and am convinced that introducing them as part of Immy’s afternoon rest time routine earlier this year has brought me at least an extra six months of continuing with a daily quiet time in her room 🙂
Audio stories are a wonderful tool for developing effective listening skills and work well with children aged 3 and up. We purchase stories from iTunes or Audible, or download free stories from Story Nory (thank you to Kate for the introduction) or The Story Home.
For children who are unfamiliar with audio stories it can be helpful when starting out to;
- Choose stories they are already familiar with
- Borrow stories on CD with an accompanying book from the library so they get used to listening for the duration of the story
- Listen together in the car, where they are a bit of a captive audience 🙂
- Play the stories as they lay down to rest, as they need to lay still to be able to hear the story.
Do your children listen to audio stories? Can you recommend any other sources of quality children’s audio stories?