Avançar para o conteúdo principal

Helping Them Understand the World Around Them

«Parents who read aloud to their children can give a valuable gift—a knowledge of people, places, and things. With relatively little expense, they can "travel" the world through the pages of books. Consider the example of two-year-old Anthony, whose mother has read to him since birth. She says: "His first visit to the zoo was a journey of rediscovery." Rediscovery? Yes, although Anthony was seeing zebras, lions, giraffes, and other animals in the flesh for the first time, he had already been introduced to these creatures.

His mother further explains: "Anthony has made joyful acquaintance with countless people, animals, objects and ideas, all between the covers of books, in his first two years of life." Yes, reading aloud to children when they are young can contribute much to their understanding of the world in which they live.»

Why Read Aloud to Your Children?
Appeared in Awake! November 22, 2001, Link

Mensagens populares deste blogue

The best computer programs

"... The best computer programs are the ones in which the computer itself "disappears," in which you work directly on the problem without having to be aware of the computer." Donald Norman. in The Psychology of Everyday Things. -Basic Books, 1988, p. 180.

The "two cultures" of modern society — the sciences and the humanities

“A good many times I have been present at gatherings of people who, by the standards of the traditional culture, are thought highly educated and who have with considerable gusto been expressing their incredulity at the illiteracy of scientists. Once or twice I have been provoked and have asked the company how many of them could describe the Second Law of Thermodynamics. The response was cold: it was also negative. Yet I was asking something which is about the scientific equivalent of: 'Have you read a work of Shakespeare's?' I now believe that if I had asked an even simpler question — such as, What do you mean by mass, or acceleration, which is the scientific equivalent of saying, 'Can you read?' — not more than one in ten of the highly educated would have felt that I was speaking the same language. So the great edifice of modern physics goes up, and the majority of the cleverest people in the western world have about as much insight into it as their Neolithi