“It’s never too early to start reading with kids! I started reading to Ida when she was 4 months old. The book I picked up was Moo Baa LALALA. She used to smile whenever we were reading. I think she liked it!”
“By 9 months we were reading books like Where is baby’s belly button. This book was Ida’s favorite. Now she is almost 2 and we read at least 3 books during bedtime. Now a day’s her favorite book is ‘Chocolate Mousse for Greedy Goose’ by Julia Donaldson”
—————————————————By Bhavna ( a mom of 2 year old)
And Ida goes to a school; now she has started learning ABC…with practically no exposure to reading in the school. This is the same way her mother had learnt 25 years back.
We are living in a world where everything is changing at a fast rate. In the last 20 years , we have moved from telegrams to whatsapp, from horse cart to supersonic planes. But our education system has remained where it was.
Most schools still start with ABC and the basic problem with starting to teach a child to read is that for any 1 year old, alphabets are abstract things – they don’t really mean anything. This means that while your child may be able to recognize the letter ‘A’, they don’t really understand what ‘A’ means in the real world! Is the letter ‘A’ a part of their name? Or, A is for apple, but how? These are the realities of trying to teach your child to read by starting with the alphabet.
At Mindseed, we have found ways in which you can start preparing your child for reading naturally. We focus on developmental steps a young child takes prior to actually reading a text, by including interacting with a book, responding to texts, and pretending at reading or writing before actually being able to do so. This not only lays the foundation for reading and writing but encourages children to perceive reading as a fun activity during these developmental stages.
While moving from one developmental step to another, we make sure that the child has mastered each step and is constantly moving in a forward direction.
At a Mindseed Preschool, Ida would not have started with ABC but with activities which are more realistic and logical in nature. She would have mastered each developmental steps and soon she would have been reading books.