Tales, Instilling Moral Values and Optimising Children Development
Medan Merdeka Selatan, Jakarta—Aqila (6) looked enthusiast following every direction from the story teller. When she was asked to immitate animal’s motion or sound, Aqila with other 50 (fifty) students from TK Islam Terpadu Nurul Sakinah Cempaka Putih, Central Jakarta, was very excited to speak out loud and clear. Not even the least of exhaustion was seen on their faces. A number of teachers also kept their eyes on them and followed the story teller.
Story telling is one of means of simple communication easy to understand. Story telling is also a fun way to stimulate children’s imagination and creativity since early years. Story telling can be an effective way to instill moral values to children. Every parent is demanded to possess story telling skill. “Story telling is the best media in educating children because it is interesting. Children are quick to receive and carry out something if it is delivered through stories,” said Head of General Collection Service Division Agus Sutoyo when opening Parenting Education with Story Telling Media activity.
Parenting Education with Story Telling Media is cooperation result of three students from Communication Science Faculty of Universitas Mercu Buana, Jakarta, which is formed in Clima Organizer and Komunitas Ayo dongeng Indonesia (Ayodi).
Great benefit of story telling for children is, in addition to stimulating mind strength, it also intensifies language skill as well as encourages children to read because the love for reading has been grown since early years. Two story tellers from Komunitas Ayodi, Desri and Rika, in turn told stories as well as lectured on parenting skill through story telling, and delivered methods and tips in selecting story and interesting way of story telling for children.
Not only that, parenting education invited parents and teachers to play roles in the effort to optimise development in children. Introducing tales to children can be carried out anytime and anywhere. The best places to start it are at home and school.