Reading with children in Dubai
Learning to read is a process which is built on a foundation of communication skills and such skills begin from day one after birth. From the sounds babies make that imitate tones and rhythms to responding with gestures. Playing games and handling objects such as board books and alphabet blocks introduces the concept of “books”. Pretending to read books and understanding the concept of handling books are important milestones for children. It is important to celebrate reading by curating a book corner at home and reading at least one book a week to your child in fun and interesting ways.
Some great books you can start with in your book corner are –
Rumble in the Jungle – Giles Andrea. A fantastic way to introduce an understanding of the world, the different noises that animals make.
The Gruffalo – Julia Donaldson. A classic which is well received by children with clever characters and lovely take away, the story can read over and over again;
The Hungry Caterpillar – Eric Carle. A great story to introduce growing, names of the week and numbers; and
The Kissing Hand – Audrey Penn. A lovely tale that introduces great ways to remember and cherish memories when we are away from our loved ones.
Children innately are explorers and the written word gives them the opportunity to embark on an exciting journey and engage in wonder while being within their classroom. While many of them will learn to read fluently and unaided by age 7, a print rich environment is important to stimulate the habits and patterns from a very early age.
Celebrate Blossom’s Book Week with us every September 27th to Oct 1st