Books for children: at what age should you start reading a child?
When is it worth to give the first book for a child, at what age is it not too early to arrange for him to get acquainted with the book?
I've always loved to read. As a child, I had all the opportunities for this: parents gathered a chic children's library, and I could enjoy reading all day. Perhaps that's why I studied very well. Becoming a mother, I decided to create all the conditions for my child so that he too could fall in love with the book, make friends with her.
Since 2 months I started buying a baby children's editions, spending many hours in the bookshops, looking for something interesting, colorful, fun. The very first our book was about pets, with thick cardboard pages, very bright and colorful. On each spread is a quatrain. I showed the son of the picture, called the one who was drawn. Cow, rabbits, goats, pigs, chickens - each animal was accompanied by typical sounds. The kid listened to rhymes and looked at the drawings.
At first he became interested in the book for only a few minutes, then began to "read" it longer. We looked at the animals several times a day, and it helped me a lot. There was a lot of time, and it was annoying to play the same games. Reading with a child became a rescue from boredom: you could look through one booklet, then another. And then play again.
The books in our house gradually grew bigger and bigger. They were of different sizes, formats, textures.
We have the following:
- tissue books;
- children's fairy tales;
- little books;
- musical books;
- children's alphabet;
Of course, not all of them came in handy at once - some still stand untouched and wait for their time.
We specifically released the bottom shelf of the wardrobe for children's books. The child can at any time take what he likes - it will not be difficult for him. The son knows that his books are always in their place.
By 3-4 months, I already clearly saw the child's reaction to reading. His most favorite was and remains to this day a book about animals. When I showed him the image and said "Moo" or "BEE", he immediately recognized these sounds, smiled, slapped the palm on the page.
I showed the baby cows and goats not only in this book. We regularly, several times a day looked at their images in other publications, where pets were painted quite differently.
In 5-6 months the child recognized the cow, drawn in different forms. At the age of 7 months, he showed a goat in the picture when I said "b-e"; chicken if I said "co-to-co"; cow, when "mooed". At the age of 8 months he was able to leaf through the pages himself, did it for a long time and with great excitement.
With the help of the book, we calmed the baby when he was upset, read to him before going to bed. This became an integral part of the ritual of laying overnight.
Often we took books for a walk: they put a blanket on the grass in the park or simply sat down on a bench - and read. My son liked these walks very much! They especially helped when the baby was still walking badly. A little walk, then sit, read, rest - and go on. Now we are almost a year old. The child likes to play with books very much, consider them, choose them himself, take them out of the shelf, bring them to his mother or father. Prolatyvaet - read, they say. We always fulfill his request, and he sits down side by side and listens. If he is bored - brings another book.
We like to look at pictures together, so the son gets acquainted with new animals, objects. We say out loud everything that is depicted, we compare colors, we study the figures.
Of course, something he now does not understand - just too early. But I'm sure that all this will not do any harm, and in the future will only contribute to its development.
Surprisingly, our kid somehow immediately realized that books can not be torn, chewed, crumpled. He treats them with care. Of course, it can drop, come, but it will not vomit. I believe that there should be more books in the house than toys, and then interest in them will arise naturally, without the efforts of the parents!
I would like to bring here a few basic points that need to be taken into account when introducing the child to a book. Perhaps my advice to someone will help.
Books for the baby should be available. Select for them a special place from where the child can get them themselves.
To begin acquaintance with the book is better from poems and nursery rhymes. Stories, tales, prose will be of interest to your little reader later.
Illustrations in books should be bright, realistic, clear. For the smallest children, it is important that there is a large image of one character on the page. So the child will be easier to consider.
Buy books not strictly by age, but with a reserve - for growth. Good literature should be in advance in the house and wait for the right moment.
As often as possible, go to the books throughout the day, even if this communication lasts only a few minutes. Do not insist if the baby refuses.
Read the baby out loud! Consider pictures together with it. Comment, tell, discuss what is painted in the book. Do not refuse the child if he asks you to read. Teach the crumb of the careful attitude to the book.
Reading promotes the development of speech, memory, thinking, imagination, attention. Verses and fairy tales, which the kid hears from the first days, it will be easy to tell when he speaks.
Admission to children's literature will give a wonderful mood not only to the kid, but to you. No cartoons and computer games will replace what your child can give a book. Give your child the world of the book, because it carries a special energy - the energy of childhood!