We love reading and writing in our household and we are very keen to pass on our love of books to our children. Reading is such an important aid for the development and improvement of vocabulary, grammar, spelling, punctuation, and writing; and it opens up worlds beyond one’s imagination. It has the ability to fire creativity in a way nothing else can, and it’s wonderful to be able to read and to have access to good quality reading resources.
It is thus no surprise that we’ve spent more on books for our little one than on toys. We believe that it is not too early to start nurturing the love of books in our Precious Sparkle. So when he was much younger, we invested in some pre-loved sensory cloth picture books for him to play with. We also make sure that reading time is fun and joyous, even as part of our bedtime routine.
I remember pondering on the value of introducing babies to books so earlier in a Facebook Q & A session I participated in a few months ago. The session left me fully convinced that exposing our child to books and reading in whatever way is meaningful and helpful. We do it out of sheer enjoyment and delight but it’s good to know that we are helping him to lay a solid foundation for good literacy in the future.
Every book he sees has the potential to touch his curiosity and capture his interest; every touch, feel, taste, and listen fosters his engagement with written words and intrigue with spoken language. Every access we give him to books and words are building blocks for a lifelong love of learning, reading, writing and speaking.
So, when Precious Sparkle showed some interest in a book his dad read this weekend, he was gladly allowed to touch and feel it for as long as he wanted. He did this in a fun and casual way with his dad, and then in a serious and focused manner by himself; so intriguing to watch.
I hope we are setting him up to love books and enjoy reading and writing in the future, and that we are cultivating and nurturing a foundation that will serve his literacy development in years to come.
What do you think of the value of reading / books in early childhood?
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