Any Father Can Be a Story Teller
- Friday, January 18, 2002
Home schooling is a joint effort. Even the working father needs to make time to be involved with the teaching of his children. I've discovered one way that a father can maximize his time with his children by using the simple technology of a tape recorder.
Fathers can tell stories to their children on tape. In my experience, children between the ages of 2-10 love to listen to cassette tapes. The market place is flooded with tapes of stories and songs done by Christians; and while many are expensive, they have questionable quality and content. The most important aspect of a father making his own taped stories is that the content of the tape can be trusted.
The influence of cassette tapes is easily understood when you simply take time to watch your children. Children will turn on a tape and listen to it over and over and over again. They will know the characters in the story inside and out, and they seem to never tire of listening to the same tape one more time.
This provides an ideal opportunity for the father to have tremendous impact on his children. He can simply tell stories, ad lib, on tape. (Also, a father can read stories on tape, but I will not delve into that topic in this article.) At first, the concept may seem a little frightening to some fathers. However, you will find that not only will you do a good job, but also your children will love to listen to their daddy's stories on tape. This gives you an opportunity to help mold their character and give them instruction in many areas. At the same time, Dad, you'll be helping your wife in an important way in the training of your young children.
Obviously, there are sophisticated ways for you to tape stories for your children. However, I suggest a very simple way that takes no more time than the telling of the story. All you need is a basic tape recorder and some high-quality tapes. The tapes need to be high quality since your children will listen to them so often. If one of your taped stories breaks, the story will be lost forever.
By the way, there are timesaving ways to do stories for your children. I, for instance, have a long commute to work, so I am able to tell my children stories on tape during my drive time. They eagerly await my return from work on many days in the expectation of a new story that I have done.
Benefits of Story-Telling to Your Children
1. Through listening to tapes you have made, your children have the opportunity to learn key character qualities directly from their dad and apply them to their lives.
2. Your children will grow closer to their dad by sharing the story-telling time with him while listening to the tape repeatedly with their brothers and sisters. My six-year-old daughter Bethany said one of the reasons she likes my taped stories is because it shows I care about her!
3. Your children can gain knowledge from you on an array of topics, ranging from how to do something, to the consequences of disobedience, to historical truths and biblical principles.
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