The Magical World Of Books
I have been an avid reader all my life and I am thankful to my parents who inculcated this habit in me which was post marriage encouraged by my husband too (My birthday gift was a kindle. I read my first book when I was around four I guess. I still have vivid memories of me sitting at the backseat of the car with a book in my hand.
Reading is a very fulfilling and nourishing experience, especially for children.
Their young minds capture and grasp the information very easily. It is a very good idea to start reading to your child as early as possible. Now, you may wonder if I have lost my mind . So, let me give you a quick fact check. Your baby may not understand what you are reading but, he will surely enjoy your changing facial expressions, listening to your voice, hearing rhyme and rhythm and will love to be in your arms.
I started reading to Riaan when he was just ten months old. It seemed very funny when I began, as he would just look at me and blink. But, in a few months, he could make sense of what I was doing and eventually there was a time when he began selecting the books and the pages he wanted me to read. And when this happens, be prepared to read the same story over and over again.
Reading to children has a lot of benefits -
- It helps in brain development and makes them more imaginative.
- Helps them pick up the language skill.
- Stimulates curiosity in a child.
- Develops the child’s communication skills.
- Increases concentration, improves the attention span and aids in memory retention.
- My favorite pointer – it strengthens the bond between you and your child.
How to begin?
The question looming in your mind now is how to go about cultivating this habit in your child. Mommies, don’t worry if your child is two or three and you haven’t started reading yet. It is never too late to involve them in this lovely journey and books entice children. It is very hard for them to keep away from those bright, colorful pages.
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