Instilling a love for books in preschoolers
How to nurture a love for books in preschoolers while they are too young to read by themselves? What are teachers and families recommended to do to encourage kids to pick up a book?
With a view to providing parents with useful tips for cultivating a love for books in their kids, Vinschool Royal City Kindergartens – R1 & R5 have recently held the Book Day with new, exciting experiences for the little students.
Let’s take a brief look at those tips and the meaningful activities of the event!
One book a day
To make books a childhood friend of kids, parents are advised to read to them on a daily basis. 5 minutes of reading with parents every day helps form an active, passionate habit for kids. At Vinschool Kindergartens, teachers spare some time every day to introduce a new book to the young learners in the hope of developing a consistent reading habit among them.
Regular visits to the library
Holding a world of knowledge, the library with its eye-catching spaces is very likely to inspire kids to open books. At Vinschool’s libraries, kids can feel free to pick up their favorite books and are given chances to share what they learn from books with one another. In this way, their love for books will grow naturally. It’s a great idea to build a mini library in the home, where parents and kids invest time in their own book world.
Learning through experience is highly effective and enjoyable to kids. Therefore, bringing fairy tales to life through a variety of creative activities was a major part of Book Day. At Vinschool Royal City Kindergarten – R1, Kitty and Nemo kids listened to teacher Arki telling an interesting story called “Pete the Cat – I love my white shoes”.
Meanwhile, Bambi kids got really excited about the lovely animals in “Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you see?” told by teacher Lenz. Pooh kids loved the noisy dinosaur Sid in “The dinosaur who lost his voice” with teachers Shane and David narrating the story, whereas Alvin kids responded enthusiastically to “Peppa Pig: Sports Day” thanks to the great storytellers – teachers Lewis and Shane.
Each story is carefully selected by teachers, hence their age appropriateness. These stories help the kids improve their English listening, speaking, and reading skills and are accompanied by varied English-speaking activities such as “My new white shoes” (a game that boosts fine motor skills for Kitty and Nemo kids), “Animals sensory sorting” (a game that requires Bambi kids to mobilize their senses), the “Feed the dinosaurs” challenge for Pooh kids, and the “Bowling” challenge for Alvin classes.
The atmosphere at Vinschool Royal City Kindergarten – R5 was no less ebullient as the teachers here dressed as characters in stories or meaningful messages that books convey. Well-known stories such as “Little Red Riding Hood”, “The Three Little Pigs” and “The Gigantic Turnip” were brought into life through familiar activities that help promote kids’ motor skills, language skills, and creativity. Such experience-based activities really blow the soul into and make books more engaging, thus inspiring kids to fall deeper in love with them every day.
The little Vinsers could hardly hold back their excitement and talked non-stop about the stories they had been told and their favorite activities of the day upon seeing their dear ones. Teachers and parents were happy and amazed that the kids could make connections with books. Their love for books is hopefully deepened in this way.