How Bibliotherapy Helps Promote Emotional Intelligence
Bibliotherapy is a wonderful tool for both educators and parents alike. The response to literature is a great tool for both teachers and parents to help children learn and talk about different situations.
How can Storytelling Help Children?
Storytelling allows children to learn about and gain different perspectives into their emotions and to learn more about their responses to situations. By encouraging a response to literature, children become engaged in thought provoking discussions.
Pardeck recognized this method as having six potential objectives
Positive Results of Bibliotherapy
EI expert, Daniel Goleman found that there are six positive results from the use of bibliotherapy
Steps to a Response to Books
Steps to make story time an opportunity to develop children's emotional intelligence and to enhance their response to literature.
Reading can help children develop empathy from an early age which is one reason why it's so important to read to your children from the time they're babies. It is also a great bonding experience, making children feel secure and loved, and is known to boost their IQ, as well as their EQ.
But all the electronic distractions around today mean that many kids don't read much these days. So how do you encourage them to read? The very best way is to read to them often when they're young starting when they're babies. As they get older and learn to read independently, take the time to find great books for them to read which match their interests and reading ability.
Developing your child's self-awareness and self-reflection skills can also be helped along with books and stories. Encouraging children to talk about emotions and develop their emotional literacy is an important step in a child's emotional development.