If I recall my childhood, it amazes me because of the extent of its simplicity. Life was so simple those days. We had more time to explore nature and inquire about ourselves. Books and libraries were essential part of our lives. But now the time has changed. Everything is on finger tips now. In and outside of classrooms books have been taken over by technology. Ways of teaching have changed. Schools are being aided by laptops and tablets.
Despite the fact that this giant robot of technological advancements and electronic media has completely brought a revolution across the globe, the importance and need to instill reading habits in a child still remains. Print gives a sense of ‘where’ they were in a book- they could ‘see’ and ‘feel’ where they were in the text. It is also proved to be a less of an eyestrain than e-books. By witnessing the interaction between characters in the book, children gain valuable communication skills. Especially early reading for toddlers helps them view books as an indulgence, not a chore. So they are more likely to choose books over video games and television in their spare time.
Few steps should be taken to develop a book reading habit in your child are
- Read a book to your child every other day at the age as early as he is 6 months old. Numerous studies have shown that students who are exposed to reading before preschool are more likely to do well in all facets of formal education.
- Set a time for book reading with your school going child. As its a bit difficult for a school going child to take time for book reading after whole busy day at school but as a parent your involvement may excite him.
- Help them in reading. There are a lots of series available in the market to start learn phonics which helps them to read.
- Find books which really grip their interest and help them keep going. If your child gets bored with the book then he is more likely to be distracted by TV, Computer and games and that book will be dragged around with him for a month or two from his bed to the shelf and then to his study table.
Schools can also play vital role in making book reading fun. Which helps improving their self esteem, confidence, communication skills and social interaction. Technology is inevitable due to the revolution it brought in every field of life but no one can deny the importance of books in the learning and developing process.