Now that we are in Jakarta, I have to say … we are very ‘library-deprived’ here.
We enjoyed great libraries back in Singapore. Huge variety of children books, convenient and advanced library system, and basically, well-maintained libraries are just all over Singapore.
It’s really unfortunate that we don’t have such library facilities here. Well, not yet.
The only children library we’ve been to, the only one we know of, is the one at Anya’s school (pictured above)
Somehow here in Jakarta, it’s just more common to go to a big book store chain (called Gramedia), to browse or buy books.
So, given such a condition here in Jakarta, what do we do then to still nurture the kids’ love for reading?
> We visit book stores often. And the kids would then automatically head towards the children section and read something.
> Buy books for the kids every now and then.
> Read and re-read our collection of books at home.
I guess we just have to make do with what we have here, and think of ways that will NOT dismiss the kids’ interest in reading.
…imagination, growth, and improved reading skills soar when a child picks up a book.
Oh btw, I came across this article recently, which I totally agree with.
Here’s the passage I’d like to share with you:
Today, … almost every vehicle has a built-in DVD player and children watch movies on the road. While I think watching a movie or two is a great idea, I wonder if parents realize that they are missing the point of traveling as a family?
Reading together and the talking with your child about a book is your chance to bond, to attach, and to reminisce about your own childhood. Trust me these moments in time don’t happen very often.
Dr. Daniel Siegel, the amazing brain and relationship attachment author, says that such conversations are one of the most powerful predictors of a strong bond between child and parent.
Not to mention the fact that imagination, growth, and improved reading skills soar when a child picks up a book.
This year, whether it’s a vacation or stay-cation, put down the DVD’s and pick up a book.
Let’s read people!
Yes, the year-end school holiday is here!
Let’s not switch the TV on too much. Let’s not let the children’s eyes be glued too often to games on the computer, ipads or smartphones.
And … let’s read, everyone!