Tired of giving high-tech gifts for every birthday or holiday? Don’t forget the lasting joy of giving gifts that are decidedly low-tech.
Long after the batteries have faded and gadgets are misplaced, gifts like real paper books have positive educational benefits.
Sharing a love of classic books
Studies show that families who share their love of books can inspire children to take pleasure in reading. In addition to the enjoyment children can get from books, developing a lifelong love of reading makes a child more likely to succeed in school. Book Adventure and the International Reading Association suggest that parents and families share classic books from their youth with their children.
“Timeless favorites, such as Curious George and Charlotte’s Web appeal to children as much now as they did 50 years ago,” said Dr Richard E Bavaria, Book Adventure advisor and education expert. “Families will find that memories come to life when rereading childhood favorites.”
Dr Bavaria feels that sharing this nostalgia with a child is an important part of the learning process. “When children see parents get excited about reading, it motivates the child to read, too,” he says. “This type of positive influence promotes enthusiasm for reading.”