While listening to stories requires making mental illustrations and invites internalization of story structure, the telling of stories demands blending thought and language to the enhancement of both. The rewards for children who learn this art form, retelling favorite stories or creating new ones include an increasingly mature language fluency, expanded vocabulary, a bridge to their own written narratives, and the confidence to speak in front of groups.
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