“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” ― Dr. Seuss, I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!
Reading a story opens your mind and let’s your imagination fly. And when you read to your kids, you instill alifelong love for reading and in turn, pass on a world of possibilities that will allow them to take on life. Reading to your baby is a wonderful bonding experience that you must take on very early in their lives and in fact, you even when the baby is in your womb. Early literacy is the most important gift you can pass on to the next generation for free – well, almost free.
To be honest, initially I did not bother squeezing in time to read. And then I visited NYC and met a very good ol’ friend of mine. She gifted him a couple of books and when I read to him, I realized how wonderful the experience is! We really enjoy our story time. I know many parents include reading as part of the bedtime routine but I love doing it during the day when we are nice and fresh. I also LOVE story time at our local libraries.
In the US, join your local library for the 1,000 books before kindergarten. It is an outstanding initiative to promotes early childhood literacy. They also have a recommended list of books your kid can read before Kindergarten but by no means is it an exhaustive list. It may seem like an overwhelming number, but it is not! If you read a book every night, you will reach 1,000 books in less than 3 years (365*3 = 1095).
Pretend play is a developmental milestone that starts around 18 to 24 months of age. You can aid their imagination by teaching gestures, voice connotations, storytelling.
Story time is also a very good way to enhance concentration and discipline in kids. Initially they may be distracted or squirm, but keep at it.
In an article published in the Washington Post in February 2017, Amy Joyce writes: “One of the most important things parents can do, beyond keeping kids healthy and safe, is to read with them. That means starting when they are newborns and not even able to talk, and continuing well beyond the years that they can read by themselves. Study after study shows that early reading with children helps them learn to speak, interact, bond with parents and read early themselves, and reading with kids who already know how to read helps them feel close to caretakers, understand the world around them and be empathetic citizens of the world.”
It is not necessary to read only in 1 language, in fact various studies prove the advantage of introducing multiple languages early in life.
Gulukul is an American company with Indian roots. They strive to promote Indian culture & values with the Indian diaspora. In fact, they strive to do the same with the Urban Indian kids as well, who unfortunately would rather ape for being more western and modern than embrace their own culture.
Some of their books that we got including a wonderful story on Lord Ganesha and the divine mango, saying Namaskar and Geet’s satellite adventures. These are all diverse board books that help expose certain nuances of Indian culture with pictures and text. Simple things like how we wear Bindis, or how we respect elders by doing Namaskar etc. I’m really glad to have got my hands on these books and Baby V is already in love with “Bappa”, “Kartik” and “Muni” (Narad Muni).
Bookroo subscription boxes
When I came across Bookroo, I was immediately excited. A panel of 12 families attending Stanford University review their books. They rate each book on a 7 point scale and on its re-readability. Books that emerge as clear winners are sent out each month. What a great idea!
They sent us our first box this month and we totally love it. Their recycled and recyclable packaging is bright and super cute.
The books come individually gift wrapped which is an unique offering. Kids love opening presents! Don’t we all?
Their boxes start as low as $16 per month(T&C apply) which is a bumper deal. You get:
Board books (3 books) for ages 0-2.5 years
Picture books (2 hardcover books) for ages ~2.5-6 years
Junior boxes (currently on beta) for ages 7-10 years
The best part is that they are not the popular books that you may already have. They curate hidden gems to offer you a wide range of topics every month. You can be rest assured that the kids will be delighted and won’t get bored too easily.
The October box had these 3 books:
1. Bears are Big
2. Wheels at work
3. Little Hoot
These board books have colorful illustrations and are fun to read out to your little ones.
It’s a good idea to seat the baby on your laps and read to them promotes bonding. Remember to point out what you are reading to teach reading orientation (left to right) and show them corresponding pictures so they can slowly start relating things.
Bookroo is an inspiring gift idea for a birthday or Christmas too! Also consider sponsoring a package for the underprivileged.
COMMIT TO PROMOTING EARLY LITERACY
If you believe in this program; if you understand the importance of reading to your kids, drop a note and let us know that you pledge to spread the awareness. Pledge to read to your kids as often as possible. Talk about it with your family, friends and acquaintances. Promote early child literacy.
“You can find magic wherever you look. Sit back and relax all you need is a book!”
– Dr. Seuss
Disclaimer: I received this box from Bookroo for a review. My goal is to promote early childhood literacy and I believe a book subscription like Bookroo can help achieve that.
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