MOST children have been learning from home since the Covid-19 pandemic outbreak.
With so much time on their hands especially with the year-end school holidays, parents are probably having a difficult time trying to keep them occupied and entertained at home.
Television programmes and computer games can only keep them occupied for a while before boredom sets in.
One of the surest things that can keep young minds engrossed and entertained is books.
Children and adults who have fallen in love with print media know how to treasure words on a page. Sometimes they find it difficult to put a book down once they have started on the journey of discovery, adventure and romance.
The ecstasy and joy that reading provides go beyond words.
To get children hooked on reading, parents have to inculcate this habit by encouraging them to pick up a book.
Parents should buy books for their children and take them to bookshops, as well as bookstores that sell used books. Allow them to buy books of their interest. Bring your children to public libraries and register them as members.
In areas where the conditional movement control order is in place, parents can browse through the Internet with their children to buy books online. Parents could also look into having mini libraries at home – have a collection of books and magazines.
The school break gives children the best opportunity to do some extensive reading for their own pleasure and leisure. The importance of reading cannot be underestimated as life-transforming ideas have always come through books.
Reading builds character, sharpens our thinking and widens our awareness and experience. It bridges the gap to attaining knowledge and linguistic mastery, and brings significant benefits through virtual experience, knowledge attainment, brain exercise and emotional development.
It is therefore vital that the reading habit should be inculcated in children.
Reading to your children will also benefit them in the long run. They will have a passion for reading and for lifelong learning.
Allocate a specific time to read together as a family instead of watching the television.
As parents, be role models by reading in your spare time as it is pointless if you do not practise what you preach. Allow your children to be surrounded by books and they will grow up to love books.
I hope children will spend their time at home immersed in books that will open a new knowledge gateway for them, and provide an adventurous passport and a tool to learn new things.
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