Friday, 7 May 2010

to be or not to be.

I read an article today. Book shelves at home taken over now by DVDs.

Reading with children shows that adults are devoting their time. Can the same be said about sitting beside a child with the TV set on? Does watching TV mean children are spending less contact time with their family?

I'm very traditional in my thinking. I almost wish for technology to stop advancing so quickly to give children the chance to catch up with what's already out there.
Once the book is made into a film, the book often gets forgotten.

So why is reading so important? Well.. imagination. You have to allow for children to develop their own thoughts.
We want to feed the imagination rather than starve it.

This is not to say that I don't think children should watch TV, of course they should.
However, because of the new, we often forget the old.

Due to the lack of reading done at home, children are simply reading now only when they are required (usually by school) to and do not often read for pleasure. Conclusion = reading is a burden and therefore a negative activity.

We need to demonstrate reading to children - by picking up a newspaper to read, a magazine, a leaflet - we are creating an encouraging reading environment.

What do you think?

TV? Books? One? None?

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