Reading habit: Is it still relevant in modern world
“Learning is a spontaneous and most natural activity of brain.”
This phenomenon can easily be observed among all living creatures. A newly born child begins to react with the outer surroundings, as soon as he comes in the world. Recognizing his mother by her smell and voice is actually learning. In a short course of time he identifies his dad, grandpa’ and grandma’ who rove around him.
As the child grows he picks up many habits of the family. Bowing before the pictures and idols of gods, as his parents and grandparents do and many such examples of learning, occur only because they happen before him daily. Thus learning starts with the birth of the child. The only condition is that the child must have access to what has to be learnt.
Reading is one and same among other forms of learning. In spite of all the scientific developments in the field of learning process, manual reading still has an important place in acquiring knowledge.
Reading not only introduces various ideas, situations, facts etc. but it acquaints the child with new words that add to its thinking power. It has to be kept in mind that a person thinks only in words and more the words, more the thinking capacity he /she has.
With the advent of new technologies like internet, mobiles etc., there is a possibility of augmenting traditional ways with new and creative mechanisms. Both the complementing ways will go hand in hand to develop this important skill in children.
Now, how can such a useful habit of reading be started and developed in a child?
I will discuss in the next article these pieces which together will help you to nudge your children towards the wonderful world of reading. Below are some of the points that I will cover:
- Importance of mother’s role in this journey
- Easy availability of reading material
- Selection of books
- How new technologies can help
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