Reading is a Path to A Broaden Mind

Every parent has different ways of raising his or her kid. Every parent knows for sure that books are important, thus many have introduced books early on, but the bigger the kid is, the more difficult it is for her or him to like books, at least that’s what I often hear from other parents I know. The main ‘problem’ (read ; if you see it as a problem) is that we are ruled by technology, thus the state-of-the-art gadgets seem intriguing either to shut the kids’ mouth out, or to help the parents relax because the kid won’t stay still without gadget.We are not 100% against introducing technology or computer or TV to kids, but we are the kinds of parents, who think that those would give less benefits than any other forms of ‘weapon’ to shut the kids’ mouths. The bigger the kid is, the more aware he or she is with the surroundings, thus when he or she sees someone else or even we parents playing gadgets, the kids want to get involved as well. Some parents do allow the kids to play gadgets, even download many apps that they claim to be benefical to the development of their kids’ brains. As a result, they spend more time fixating on the screen of their OWN cellphones or TVs than reading books. This is why kids’ interests in books become lesser and lesser.

I will share you my experiences as a little kid and as a mommy, and before that, I’ve got to thank my PARENTS for introducing me to the love of reading since I wasn’t even aware of alphabets. Here are some of the ways, which I have adopted and implemented to our kid, and some are my own ways, not my parents’. But still my parents are the best parents every kid should wish for.

1.My parents used to bring us (my sibllings and I) regularly to the bookstores: we were always allowed to wander around the bookstore in kids’ books sections and choose our own books. It was a lot of fun! the time that we all three had always been waiting for. When my parents forgot about this routine, one of us reminded them ‘Hey, we haven’t got new books yet!’

I have brought our kid since she was a baby to many bookstores many times over. My kid has more than 200 books by now already. People would say ‘No, she won’t understand that this is a bookstore.’ I have to say it’s against my principle. My principle is that the earliest we introduce our baby to something the easiest she or he accepts the routine or the concept. The key is p.e.r.s.i.s.t.e.n.c.e. My parents used to bring us to the bookstore once a month, and this is what I call as ‘Being persistent’ Basically, she can choose whatever books she wants, and only for these last few days has she been using her own money in her piggy bank. ( we at the same time introducing her how to safe money. You pay as much money or less money as you have)

The result of the principle we have on our kid :

  •  When we ask her where she wants to go this weekend, she often says ‘Bookstores’. I am not worried that she will become a regular visitor there in bookstores.

 

2. Reading your baby books even if she or he is still in the womb. I am pretty sure you know that babies hear mommies’ voices even if they are still in the wombs. So since my daughter was in the womb, I read her books. I could feel her kick here and  there sometimes when I read her books aloud.

The result of the principle we have on our kid :

 

  •  Books and books everywhere she goes.

 

3. Introduce books start from day 1. Nowadays there are books that are designed for babies younger than 6 months old. The books made from fabric, which only has 2 or4 pages. Read them this over and over again. We have been making a fixed routine about reading books since day 1 she was born: we ALWAYS read her books before sleep. (We read her at any time of the day books, but what I mean by fixed is that she will end up complaining if we skip this as a bedtime routine.)

The result of the principle we have on our kid :

  • She becomes less interested in computers, TV or cellphones.

 

4.When my baby starts to show a curiosity on my cellphone. I strictly say ‘No, you are not playing with this. This is mine.!’ I have been doing this since the first time she got curious with it, but I kept on saying the same thing ‘No, yo are not playing with this. This is mine.’ and you know what? because of my persistency, she is not interested in a cellphone, in the way that she wants to play around with it. When it’s time she uses it, she will get the hang of it pretty fast and easily. Just imagine the time when we were still kids, NO cellphones or other gadgets, but our generation was the generation where books and reading become one of the most valuable sources of fun ever. Once again BE PERSISTENT

The result of the principle we have on our kid :

  • She becomes less interested in computers, TV or cellphones.

5. Provide my kid with books in different topics : animals, flowers, holidays, seasons, even fairy tales etc. These different topics are meant to introduce her with  many new things in life. 12165898_10153019087837522_125699988_n

The result of the principle we have on our kid :

 

  • She even is curious with the German kids’ newspaper I sometimes read.

 

6. Show my kid some examples. My husband and I love reading, so we often read books when she is around, so she picks up that as well ‘ I want to read too!’

The result of the principle we have on our kid :

  • Read and read and read ( She doesn’t read yet the way we adults read, however, she memorizes the titles of the books, so she can mention them to me the titles and bring me the right books. She retells the story page by page. She doesn’t read yet, but we read them over and over again, so often that she even can retell the stories and quote exactly the same as what it is written there.) My kid is smart, so is yours. The key is persistence.

7. I trace the titles along with my index finger and say them aloud to introduce her to alphabets and reading.

  • For  the last few days, is she already able to write and recognize some alphabets. (We are not rushing her to be able to write or read early on. We only are the guidance whenever she shows interests in reading and writing already. We don’t spare some moments to drill her alphabets or numbers or how to write. She knows them by the books we have been reading together.) She is 4 now, and she can write many alphabets now just byherself without our helping her to write. She sees alphabets books and copies them.

8. Make a special reading nook in her room does work to make her enjoy her books. I sometimes make some surprises by putting  new books inside and when she goes home from kindergarten, she comes there and finds new books. She can spend a relaxing time there as well while I am cooking and not able to read her books yet.

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It is very possible to shape the habits our  kid wants to adopt as long as we are consistent. It’s like ‘Practice makes perfect’. One of the habits we want our kid to adopt is the love of reading and comprehending. I think these two are two of the keys to make her aware of her surroundings.

NOTE: Reading here means getting involved with printed paper books, not digital books.

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