Parenting Tip: Spice Up Child Stories by Using Sound

Copyright 2006 Paul Arinaga This article presents a parenting tip for using sound, and especially onomatopoeia, with child stories. The benefits are: 1. they make child stories more interesting 2. stories become more interactive 3. making sounds is fun! Why Use Sound? As recently as a few centuries ago, stories were primarily oral/aural; they were spoken, not read. Even today, good storytelling in writing is pretty much the same as good storytelling verbally. Unlike adult “stories”, children’s stories have always been spoken or read aloud, and still are today. One way to make your stories more “verbal” is to use sound or onomatopoeia. “Onomoto” what? Onomatopoeia are words that imitate sounds. For example, a cow says “moo” or a clock …