For a person who loves reading, a book is like a little magical treasure chest, full of new experiences, new worlds and new joys. Oh the excitement of getting a new book, feeling the cover and relishing its story – page by page. How can one imbibe this same love for literature in the heart of a young child?
01 January 2013
Sharing the joy of reading
My policy in this regard is simple. Fill up the place with books. (Just another excuse for me to buy them )
I have a lovely reading corner with a 6 foot high shelf, packed with books . Around the shelf are cushions, just inviting you to come curl up, and cute soft toys lounge around waiting to give you company.
Apart from stocking up on all the Krishna Conscious children books from around the globe, we also have a lovely collection of fairy tales, animal stories and nursery rhymes. And regular visits to the local library ensure a vast range of books for the children to read.
Besides books, I have also used other simple techniques to familiarize children with words. I have labelled common items around the class, so that children are surrounded by print. We have some nice word based board games like junior scrabble and a wide range of material to explore writing on – chalk, markers, paints, crayons etc.
Daily reading sessions, fun stories and role play, a classroom library system and lots of word games – thats how the children will meet their new friends – books!