A child is an entity that wants to know. Through books, the child will be able to touch objects that she/he has not yet reached, seen, or wants to see and take into his/her hands again and increase her/his imagination. Here are why do kids need books.
When should you introduce your child to the book?
Experts say that even when the child is in the womb, books can be read to him/her. Of course, s/he does not understand what is being read, but s/he can perceive the harmony that the rhythm of reading brings, they say.
As soon as the child is born, he hears sounds as much as an adult. For example, vision is not like that. Listening is different from hearing.
Listening develops with your attention. In order for the child to learn his native language, s/he must be able to listen.
In order to ensure that s/he learns to listen, s/he can be told a story even before s/he starts talking.
But this should correspond to her/his age.
0-1 year old
- She/he can’t talk, but s/he listens. You can even tell her/him a fleeting story that you made up at that moment.
- She/he does not understand what you are saying, but if there are repetitions in the story, and your voice is soft, s/he will listen to you fondly.
- The main thing is that she/he gets into the habit of listening.
1-2 years old
- At the age of 1, s/he cannot speak, but his vocabulary is formed. By the age of 2, s/he begins to form sentences correctly, to recognize what images are on a page.
- But at this age s/he does not even know what a book is and, for example, wants to tear it up. non-tearing cloth books, plastic books, wooden or cardboard books are suitable for this age.
- Books with a single picture on each page are more suitable.
3-6 years old
- This period has been defined as the realistic period. Because at this age the child is interested in everyday events. S/he learns that there is a world outside the house. The school, the teacher, the greengrocer, the neighbor and the animals s/he sees around him/her are interesting to him/her.
- A child at this age loves rhymes very much. But s/he gets distracted quickly. The stories should be short and moving, passing in a short period of time.
- the pictures will help both to understand, and to hold his/her attention. In addition, the child can “read” a story that s/he has listened to again by looking at the pictures.”
In the previous article, we expressed the effects of music on the child’s development. So, do you know what are the effects of books on the development of the child?
Let’s find out.
- Literary products primarily allow the child to get to know him/herself and find it valuable.
- Acquires problem-solving skills. Stories usually begin with a problem. For example, the cat of the house has disappeared. How should this incident be resolved? What to do to find the cat? When the child listens to the story, s/he looks for solutions in his own head. Actively participates in the development of the event.
- Learns the rules of the native language. S/he tries to imitate
- Seeing that the feelings experienced by him/herself are also experienced by others, s/he realizes that s/he is not alone
- Acquires new words
- S/he will learn to use adjectives, pronouns, plural and positive-negative expressions in the right place
- It enables them to understand the meaning and necessity of behaviors such as waiting for their turn, helping, sharing, cooperating, which are the basis of social life, and thus improves their skills to use them in their daily lives
- S/he acceps his/her individual differences
- Self-confidence improves
- S/he gets a chance to face, cope with and express his emotions such as anger, jealousy, anxiety, fear, so as not to let these feelings make his/her life difficult
- “How to raise a book reader” on the New York Times website
- “3 Simple Tips For Choosing Age-Appropriate Children’s Books” on the Connections Academy website
- “Science Says: A Book-Filled Home Has Benefits Beyond Reading for Kids” on the Scholastic Parents website