Value of Traditional Books in Early Literacy
Kids can learn at an early age to explore and appreciate books. They'll be drawn to the colorful images and playful characters, as well as the cozy reading times with family and friends. Traditional books play an important role in your child's early reading experiences, including adding hands-on interaction to the joy of reading.
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There is no shortage of books and stories to draw from when we are planning story times with kids. We can choose from a wide range of options when making books available for independent reading at all levels. Story times with kids can be as exciting as a puppet show with character puppets, or as quiet as bed time reading with soft lights and gentle music.
Why traditional books?
We have access to an abundance of resources, both online and as hard copies, to facilitate exposure of written material and images to early learners. Without discounting the benefits of technology, I believe in the value of traditional story books to the early learning community. Traditional books complement the reading experience in ways that e-readers cannot.
Here are a few ideas to consider:
- Reading from printed material is a tactile experience. Books have size and weight, pages to flip, flaps to lift, padded covers, or "feely" inserts.
- Children can pick up a book and immediately become engaged, while the e-reader requires knowledge and time to access a desired story page or app. Even though young people are known to be adept at figuring out the technology, the adult needs to be available to assist with the acquisition.
- Traditional books do not require batteries, software updates, etc.
- Books are read without the distractions that come with online reading, such as advertisements, music or screen prompts.
- Printed materials such as activity books and coloring books initiate practice of hands-on skills involving pencils, crayons, erasers, or stickers.
- Some studies indicate better concentration when reading books.
My Amazon picks
Traditionally, books released by a publishing company have undergone a rigorous review/editing process, which must now be translated to the online market. With so much information available online, it is important to be aware of the quality and content of reading sites.
Luckily, there is a seemingly endless supply of traditional books published for children, including cloth books for babies, picture books for toddlers, and chapter books for early readers.
Make the most of reading times!
Whether reading with one child or a small group, take time to appreciate the whole book.
1. Examine the cover for characters or words that might provide clues to the story.
2. Identify the title, the author and the illustrator.
3.Draw attention to the way words are made up of the letters of the alphabet, displayed on the chart on the classroom wall!
4. Make bookshelves accessible so children can make selections on their own.
5. Don't put too many titles on the shelf as this may be distracting.
6. Keep covers and titles visible.
7. Refresh titles often.
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Keep traditional books available to complement kids' reading experiences, so every page they turn becomes a new adventure and a quest for more books to explore.
Early childhood is where a journey into developing language and reading skills begins.Traditionally published books can be an valuable part of that journey. But regardless of the medium, the reading process benefits kids with opportunities to ask questions, make comments, and express their emotions.
Read and enjoy!