Do you know that it is never too late to start learning?
The love for reading books is one of the most precious gifts parents and teachers can give to their children. While knowing how to read is extremely important for survival, the act of reading broadens your knowledge and understanding.
Over the years, children’s books has always been amazingly diverse. Its multiple titles address young readers in very different ways. It ranges from books that provide information and transfer knowledge on the world around us, books that present an image of children’s everyday life, books that reflect on feelings and conflicts of children and proposing how to solve them. There are books that talks about diverse cultural patrimonies. Each of these books carries a message and a specific perspective.
It is very important that children become familiar at the earliest possible age with the different literary genres so they learn to use them as they want. Because the true reading pleasure lies in the satisfaction we get from reading something that talks to us and touches us personally.
So a child may access the enormous literary resources by learning to read because reading from a global point of view is a very complex activity which is not limited to only decoding a text but it also entails the child’s capability to understand what he has read and to integrate it in his own context and personal experiences by critically analyzing what he has read to understand it
However, reading education in Africa and Asia seems to be too frequently associated only to the decoding techniques that schools have to teach.
Although it is never too late to start, we should begin reading books to our children when they are very small, even before they can walk and talk. As babies, children enjoy books with bright pictures and simple text. While babies cannot understand the meaning of the language, they do enjoy the rhythm of the words. This early introduction to reading develops a child’s love of books. The more books and other reading materials that are available, the more children will value reading. Therefore having books, newspapers, magazines, books on tape and other reading materials in the home increases the desire for learning
Always remember that your children learn from you the most. The more our children see us read, the more they will want to read too.