Parents try to inculcate good habits, values, and morals in their kids. But kids learn better by watching than by listening to their parents. As parents, one must try to be good role models to teach good things to their kids. There are a few activities which a parent must start as early as possible as they help in the overall development of the child.
One such activity which is my favourite as a mom and really helps kids learn a lot of things is – Reading. I started bringing books for my daughter when she was just a few months old. In fact, you get those feel and touch books for small kids with brightly coloured pictures. Once they are almost 1 year old, you can get hardbound books with large colourful pictures.
Along with all this, I made sure to take her to a nearby library or bookshops to get books. I also used to sit with her and read every day. That’s why she is an avid reader today and I am a happy mom as I feel reading is the best habit a child can have.
Here are few reasons to encourage the habit of reading in kids –
- Reading can help in the cognitive development of the child. Parents believe that only if a child is eating good food and gaining healthy weight, it’s enough for good development but it’s not true. A good overall development also means good cognitive development and reading is one activity which helps in it.
- Reading can help your kids to develop good language skills. While you are reading to them, they hear a lot of new words which can help in increasing their vocabulary too. As early you start reading with them, the more beneficial it is as an infant learns fast through loud reading.
- It is a great way to introduce your child to the world of books. Reading with your infant or toddler is not as easy as it looks and needs special tricks to get them interested. As I said earlier, make sure you get bright colourful and age-appropriate books to get them interested. You can’t expect an infant to sit for longer periods of time but you can read the stories aloud to catch their attention.
- Reading also helps kids to be more creative and increase their knowledge. It is better than watching TV or sitting on gadgets. It helps them to explore the world around them and therefore helps them to be creative. Also, there are different types of books like art and craft books, poetry books, cooking books, or just the facts book which can enrich their knowledge and boost creativity.
- Last but not least, reading together can help you to bond better with your child. I remember the time when my daughter was small, my husband and I used to read her story books every night and it was a perfect way to bond with her. Also, I used to take her regularly to the library, bookshops or any book fairs happening around.
Recently, I came to know about a literature festival organised by Neev academy which is happening in Bangalore on 28th and 29th of September. It is a children’s literature festival with the intention to celebrate books and the love of reading. The second day is open to all parents, students or anybody who wants to take your kids to this interesting festival. Distinguished authors and speakers are coming in for various reading, writing, storytelling workshops, and panel discussions.
Another interesting thing which I really liked is that they are organizing Neev Book Awards 2018 for distinguished children’s literature. They also aim to recognize outstanding writing that leads to a fuller understanding of India, Indian lives and Indian stories. The nominated entries can be viewed at http://neevliteraturefestival.org/awards.html
The best part is that it’s completely free. One can view the programme schedule on their website: http://neevliteraturefestival.org/
So, what are you waiting for? It’s a great way to introduce your child to the world of books and also encourage the habit of reading in kids.
September 18, 2018 at 12:30 pm
As someone who is a voracious reader, I will always encourage a reading habit in a child. Reading is one of the best habits to have. It sounds like a great festival.
September 30, 2018 at 10:46 pm
September 18, 2018 at 2:41 pm
Reading is a best exercise we can bring in to the daily routine of children. It brings lot of positive impacts. Glad you shared about the Neev academy and all they are doing for young kids.
September 30, 2018 at 10:47 pm
Thanks Dipika. Its a great initiative by Neev academy.
September 18, 2018 at 2:42 pm
Inculcating the reading habits in children is like gifting them a life long friendship with books! Good to see that Neev has come up with a fest to encourage reading in children.
September 30, 2018 at 10:48 pm
Thanks Anagha for stopping by.
September 18, 2018 at 3:16 pm
There is no better friend than a book, be it for a child or an adult. I am glad that parents like you take children to these literary events.
As an educator, I am at loss of words when some parents are more concerned about marks and get their children more and more academic books and despise exposing their children to such literary events, marking them as ‘waste of time’!
September 30, 2018 at 10:49 pm
Yes Meenu, thats the ad part but such lit fests are surely going to inculcate habit of reading in kids. Thanks.
September 18, 2018 at 4:28 pm
That sounds like an awesome festival. I do think reading is a must and should well be incorporated as a daily habit for kids. Be it just story books or their text books we need to ensure we sit along with them as they read loudly.
September 30, 2018 at 10:50 pm
I also loved this initiative by Neev. Thanks Sudha.
September 18, 2018 at 10:54 pm
I’ve also tried inculcating reading habits in my children from a young age. This literary festival would be a pleasure to attend. Hope they hold it in Mumbai too sometime.
September 30, 2018 at 10:51 pm
Thanks Varsh for reading.
September 21, 2018 at 11:33 am
Reading is an excellent habit.It’s always good to encourage children to read and write.This event looks like a good initiative .
September 30, 2018 at 10:52 pm
September 23, 2018 at 2:17 pm
It is most certainly one of the greatest initiatives to open the great world of books and knowledge to impressionable young minds. I hope Neev makes it a regular affair that parents and children look forward to like the very famous annual book fair in Kolkata.
September 30, 2018 at 10:53 pm
Yes Shilpi..I also hope they make it regular. Its a great initiative by Neev. Thanks for stopping by.
September 24, 2018 at 12:22 pm
There cannot be a better gift you give your child than the gift of reading but it involves efforts from the parents as well. Its so easy to plonk yourself on the sofa with the cell but making the conscious decision of having a nook makes all the difference.Good one Deepa.
September 30, 2018 at 10:43 pm
Yes Akshata, reading is the best habit in kids. Thanks for reading.
September 24, 2018 at 9:03 pm
I certainly agree with the pointers. Encouraging kids to read books beyond their academic curriculum, is indeed an important aspect of upbringing. Waiting for more interesting articles.
September 30, 2018 at 10:42 pm
Thanks Akash for reading and sharing your thoughts.
September 25, 2018 at 12:46 am
I totally agree to all the pointers mentioned by you. My little one loves to read and explore new stuffs via book .reading is the best thing which you can teach your little one. It will incrrinc the overall grasping power
September 25, 2018 at 8:35 am
I have always enjoyed reading to my preschooler and honestly it has developed his creativity and lots of imaginations. Even his vocabulary has seen a boost .
September 25, 2018 at 10:42 am
I am so glad that my both kids love reading a lot unlike me …I am not so fond of books and reading !!
September 30, 2018 at 10:41 pm
Thanks for stopping by Ruchi.
September 25, 2018 at 11:19 am
Reading stories to my son at night time is our favorite part of the day. I love how much he enjoys it. He too seems to be growing in the habit of reading books.
September 30, 2018 at 10:40 pm
Thats the best way to inculcate the habit of reading in kids. Thanks Nisha.
September 25, 2018 at 7:11 pm
My mom used to read a lot of books and she had a collection of lot of story books and that was the reason I never found Interest in movies or TV shows! I used to read even story books for a million times! And it helped me a lot to grasp things in primary school!
September 30, 2018 at 10:40 pm
Thats so nice Mrinal. Your mom did a right thing. 🙂
September 25, 2018 at 7:38 pm
Reading help in grow little minds . even whenever an adult read , this will add on your knowledge. My daughter love reading and my little one start showing interest in books
September 30, 2018 at 10:38 pm
Good to know your daughter loves reading too. Thanks for stopping by.
September 25, 2018 at 8:55 pm
Reading is probably an activity that helps kids in their development in many ways, will definitely share the link of the blogs with my contacts too
September 30, 2018 at 10:38 pm
Thanks Charu..do share it.
September 26, 2018 at 9:51 am
Putting reading habit In kids since childhood is really important. It also helps to improve their brain development as reading ias a kind of mental exercise. Very nice post.
September 30, 2018 at 10:37 pm
Yes Snigdha. Thanks for reading.
October 11, 2018 at 9:47 pm
Aww I can totally relate to this post. I started inculcating the habit of reading to my son right when he was 15 months old and I am glad that I did started this sooner than later. Reading is one thing that ultimately develops creative thinking and cognitive development. I completely stopped buying toys and invested in bringing books to him which made a huge difference 🙂