the day by reading newspapers to your child. It will improve his vocabulary and
also give him an insight of the surrounding world. So when you reach out for
the morning newspaper with your customary cup of tea or coffee, habituate your
child into getting his daily news fix too.
always looking for meaningful, relevant, tangible ways to educate their kids
about the world they live in.
A cheap and
far-reaching method to educate your child is the black-and-white breakfast
companion, the everyday newspaper.
In this fast
paced world where information is available at the touch of a button, it is
necessary for even children to keep updated with the latest happenings around
the world. News channels may provide latest up-to-date and breaking news
stories but they seldom supply the depth and perspective that newspapers do. A
newspaper, although an adult preoccupation, is a good tool to enhance your
skills and supply him with an insight into the world.
Reading Between the
household subscribes to a newspaper. For a child who has just begun to read,
the heavy congested text will not make sense; maybe a few words in the big size
headline may stand out. But children will certainly be interested in the
pictures, photographs, illustrations and advertisements. By dwelling on the
visual content, a parent can hold the attention of the child and initiate him
into the practice of turning the newspaper pages.
may be able to read, but he is still too small to understand the nuances of
news spread in the columns of the newspaper. The parent needs to educate the
child on the concept of a newspaper as a tool to bring information from
'faraway places' as opposed to the 'here and now' which the child may be more
familiar with. This, in itself can be a lesson in geography where the child can
be taught the concept of 'globe', which to him is an abstract thing.
News and Views
If a news report
says that it snowed in Switzerland, he can be shown the country on the globe
and how far away it is from his own country on the globe. Newspapers are a
goldmine as far as world-information is concerned and can be a take-off point
to graduate onto atlas, dictionaries and encyclopaedias for knowledge-building.
project happenings and events, largely of a political nature. Politics may be
too dense for your child to assimilate, and you may want to reserve your
judgment on what he should read and what he should not. Often the front page
news may be unpalatable for a child, but it can be turned into an opportunity
for discussing the harsh realities of life. But if the news item seems to be
beyond the pale of the child's imagination, you may need to gloss over it, so
as not to traumatise him.
The Kid's Page
newspapers have many sections that appeal to children. The advertisements,
sports pages, comics or kid's pages are some such examples. Pictures of
racing cars or a football match are sure to hold his interest, a comic strip
will be just up his alley and an interactive crossword on the kid's page may
actually make him feel that newspapers are not for 'adults only'.
Information You Can Use
Though it may
seem too soon to tell the child about identities of people, do so nevertheless;
the trick is to be one step ahead of them. Telling the child about 'strangers'
peeping out of newspapers, identifying them as real people is a great way of
introducing professions to a child. This one is a 'politician'; someone is an
'athlete', while someone else is an 'oceanographer'. He can cut out photographs
of newsmakers or celebrities, an Olympic gold medallist or a Prime minister -
and paste it in his collage book or scrap
book, this will help increase his general knowledge.
Older children can
browse through the weather reports, currency conversion data, railway and
airline schedules, and movie and theatre listings. They will learn that
newspapers are forums for 'information-you-can-use' details, too. So the next
time you suggest going out for a movie,
you will find him reaching out to the newspaper to check out the details!
If the newspaper
you subscribe to has a neighbourhood supplement, even better. The child may
read about a road show or cultural fest that he might have attended. It will be
a good exercise to compare notes on what is written in the newspaper and what
he might have seen. He may discover a few things he missed; the next time he
will observe things with a keener eye.
newspapers in India have started a programme for initiating children into the
habit of reading newspapers. These 'newspapers in education' projects also
encourage children to be cub reporters and write about neighbourhood events in
the children's newspapers. Many book houses which publish children's books also
publish newspapers for children, which the parents can subscribe.
said that, “to read is to fly: it is to soar to a point of vantage which gives
a view over wide terrains of history, human variety, ideas, shared experience
and the fruits of many inquiries.”
It is not always
necessary to go out of the way; you just need to look around for innovative
ways to make your child read. When you get a packet of microwave-able popcorns
or some ready-to-cook snacks like 'Maggi Noodles', you can have your child read
the instructions. Written information is always floating around in the
house in some form or the other and a child should be made aware of this.
So, when you reach out for the newspaper with
your customary cup of tea or coffee tomorrow morning, remember to ensure your
child gets his daily fix too! Cut out interesting articles for him, or read
aloud interesting tidbits.
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Do you encourage your child to read the newspaper? Does your child enjoy reading the newspaper? What do you do to motivate him to read the newspaper?
How old is your kid as it depends on the age of the child and one cannot force a five year old to read the newspaper so if your child is above ten years then yes you should ask him or her to read the ...
I think you should not force a child to read a newspaper as this is not necessary at all and one must avoid it so please do not force your child and make sure you let enjoy your child in what he is ha...
Hi dear please take help of your husband as he can surely help you in this as they are the best in this, please tell your husband to read it out in front of the kid as the kid will also have eagerness...