There is no right age to pick up the first book, but the sooner we begin the better it is. It has a comprehensive effect on the personality and intelligence of the reader. The ability to read and write marked the difference between us and our forefather’s age. Through them, our whole outlook on life deepened and broadened all because we learned the meaning of twenty-six little letters and their combinations. In a day and age like ours, the booming of various technologies, cell phones, tablets, etc., has opened our eyes and ears to so many stuff that we could not avail a decade ago. Although the trend of reading books online is taking over the printed notes, the latter is not to be overlooked.
Technology is an increasingly important tool for preschool-aged children to explore the world around them. When introduced and used in an interactive way, it can extend opportunities for learning and development, equalize access to new technologies, and empower children to develop 21st century skills, it is an endeavor to integrate digital content in the preschool setting in an interesting manner because its usage has been devised keeping in mind the amount of time small children have to screen time/ technology in their lives within the school and at home.
E-books are just fine but much more difficult in these days of technology where gadgets vie for their attention and are pressured to use them to keep themselves at par with their peers. However, the early years are crucial for a child’s development and hence an ideal time to inculcate reading habit into children. Children who read are more likely to have a more focused attention span, grasping power and memory. This helps them in their academics as well. And they offer variety for children who get bored too soon, allowing them to switch between the digital and print books. As we grow up, we begin to realize that learning our lesson course is not enough to compete with the fast-changing world. So in order to pace up with it, spending quality time in reading becomes a necessity. But for the present kids who are budding right now, there is a need to encourage them to take on this habit of reading from their early years so that they are not left behind stranded on an island. Children are like a sponge and exposing them to the world of books will ensure they become smart, inquisitive, imaginative adults. Books tell children that there is a lot more to the world that they know at present.
The digital revolution had altered the scenario altogether. Most students had instant access to information. Hence, the teacher must find ways and means to follow effective and innovative teaching methodologies to outsmart the students. After parents, a school has the maximum impact on a child’s overall development. Choosing a school that is well aware of the benefits of reading and works to foster the 4 C’S- critical thinking, creativity, communication, and collaboration among children will help develop your child reading and other 21st century skills. You will be amazed to know that a child can develop good reading habits much before they actually start reading. Catch them young and as much as possible, parents should help the child to connect the content of the book with real life. This will keep the story alive in the mind of the child and also understand life with a better perspective.
Most kids are very well informed on the latest shows on TV and computer games but when it comes to books and learning materials, it proves otherwise. Children need to be surrounded with books and works of literature so that they can grasp a hand on them easily. Only when a child begins to love reading will he/she be able to appreciate the value of education. Through reading, a child glances through several phases of life ahead and are readily able to fit in with any given situations. Our society can be drastically changed only if the present generation kids start indulging themselves not with toys and games but with books. Studies have shown that children who were read to as newborn have a larger vocabulary, as well as more advanced mathematical skills, than other kids of their age and scored higher on standardized tests when they reached age 3 than children whose parents weren’t as verbal. Many studies show that students who love learning and do well in school were exposed to reading before preschool. When the kids grow up, they take the reading and learning a pleasure rather than a chore. Give them books and when they grow up; they will understand that we have given them the most valuable thing on earth.
Show me a family of readers, and I will show you the people who moved the world.
Article by: Blessing Bassey