Of late there has been stress on children thinking out of the box and the recent concluded summer camps held in the city have come as a boon to them to wear their ‘creative ’caps. In one of the sessions I handled on creative writing I found tiny tots as young as four attending along with children much older. Some children were accompanied by their parents and they wished to know how they could motivate their wards cultivate reading habit. I said children should spend less time in front of the idiot box and more time in reading books meant for them. What was more important is to begin with, mothers of small children should read stories aloud to them and explain their content and convey the message instead of letting them read by themselves and comprehend.
Even when I was offering my two pence I remembered an instance where a friend of mine had visited us along with her six year old daughter. In order to engage the little one I gave her a few childrens’ books with a lot of illustrations thinking she would allow us to engage ourselves for some time atleast. When I turned casually to her after some time I was amazed at what she was ‘engaged’ in—she was clicking away page after page from one of the books with her Tablet! Probably force of habit I thought.
n.meera raghavendra rao