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Reading By Yourself: 5 Ways To Instill A Love Of Literature At An Early Age

Is it possible to instill a love for literature in a kid in their early childhood? Of course, if you make even a minimum amount of effort. As parents, we first and foremost should be getting our children accustomed to great literature.

What do you think: can you require a child to love reading if you yourself don’t love reading, and pass over books in favor of television or DVDS?

Of course not. To instill in children a love of books, parents themselves need to be somewhat interested in literature. It’s not enough to be an example for your child, but you must also actively involve them in reading. Usually a child looks to their parents as an example to imitate. For girls, a mother’s behavior plays the most important role, while boys’ main example is their father.

But it sometimes happens that although parents try with all their might to push their child to read, and grandma and grandpa give them great books, a child still doesn’t want to read, or else reads without any enthusiasm, and then only when they are forced.

In this case, how do you instill a love of literature in your child?

There are five ways to change this course of events for a positive result.

Method 1: For your child to love reading, they must be able to read. They should be taught to read before starting school and no later, since problems with reading can begin in first grade. The best age to start learning to read is age 3. And no, that doesn’t mean that a three-year-old child should be reading novels or newspapers.

You can show your child the letters, explain how they are pronounced and demonstrate how to read syllables. Hopefully by the age of 4-4.5, a child can fully read in syllables. This will help them feel more confident in school and classes, since reading is practically everywhere, in literature classes, language lessons and math problems. The better a child can read, the easier it will be for them to learn everything else. Start with something very simple, like the book “365 Nighttime Stories.” To begin, let your child read to you as much as they can by themselves.

Method 2: Buy books with vivid pictures and beautiful illustrations as often as possible. Let each trip to the bookstore be a whole ritual for you and your child. You can also choose books to buy online. Sit your kid in front of the monitor and let them select a book with bright pictures that they’ll enjoy, like “Smeshariki Academy,” featuring the beloved cartoon characters, or else the fairytale “Aladdin and His Magic Lamp.”

You might also buy your son or daughter the beautiful series about animals: “The Big Wolf Book,” “The Big Fox Book” and “The Big Bear Book.” Leafing through the illustrated pages, you can talk with your child about what they’ve seen and read, and what they’ve especially liked and remembered.

Method 3: Sign up for a card at the library, an inexhaustible source of new books. Choose literature along with your child, allowing them to put aside books they especially like. A book chosen by a child themselves is just calling out to be read. This is a very important effect of independence: no one has imposed this book on the kid — they’ve chosen it themselves.

Method 4: Have your child read daily. Set aside a special time every day for the child to devote to reading books. Keep it consistent and constant, not changing the conditions under any circumstances (except perhaps if the child is sick). Wherever you are, on vacation in the country or on a picnic, be sure to bring a book with you.

This is how you develop a need for books, also known as a “thirst for literature.” Your child will feel the need to read constantly.

Method 4: This method is called the “Elusive” method. Take a novel and read it aloud to the most interesting place. Then if your little one wants to find out how the events unfold, they can read it by themselves.

Method 5: Almost there! Buy and read books that are of interest to your child. If they’re fond of fairy tales  then get them “A Classic Collection of Fairy tales ” or the anthology “Russian Folktales.” If your kid loves nature and wildlife, the best choice for them will be V. Bianki’s “Forest Homes” or “Russian Nature: Tales.” Focus on your child’s taste and consider their interests to make sure they will like the books you offer them.

What else can we say?

If you love to read, then your little one will follow your example and strive to acquire new knowledge. And a love for literature and reading will remain with your child for life.

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A little something about our company!

About International Toys

Our store is part of the very popular St. Petersburg Book Store that we recently merged with. Besides books, we carry an assortment of kids’ toys, games, DVDs, costumes, kids clothing, and more… 

Kids all over the world will love our stuffed animals, plush toys, teaching aids, novelty toys, art sets and interactive games that will keep them engaged for hours on end. All our kids’ merchandises are made of the finest materials to ensure your complete satisfaction.

The whole purpose of our educational merchandise for kids is to help educate children in the best way possible. Our supply would be perfect for any preschool, church or day-care center to help serve their needs for educational material to develop kids intellectually.

International Toys believe in fostering a sense of creativity in children to stimulate mental growth which is why we have such a large range of kids merchandise available. We know that nothing stimulates a child’s intellectual ability more than reading.

We therefore suggest you head over to our newest items section where you will find a large range of educational books that is perfect for inquisitive little minds.

Every family has ideals for their kids as they want them to become responsible and caring adults one day. International Toys have a dedicated team standing ready to fulfill the needs of parents, aftercare centers and other child caring places. Our staff will do anything to ensure your satisfaction. We want to continue serving you as our customer for years to come.

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The World Of Fairytales For Your Child
“All in good time.” We use these words from Ecclesiastes in different situations, without even considering how valid they are. But it’s true that as parents we go through different stages in our lives and in the lives of our children. At every step of the way we encounter something interesting and thrilling, rousing wonderful memories.
Ages 5-6 is when a child begins to get interested in feature films. Like adults, children pick out movies that are to their liking. And the films they select will have an effect on how their minds are formed, whether or not they understand adults, and how they learn, communicate properly and grow.
The contemporary film industries in America, Europe and Russia are premised on using larger-than-life production to aggressively draw huge audiences to the screens.
Let’s take a guess: what are most television channels filled with? 
Talk shows, which are not suitable for family viewing; films with unsightly and unfavorable characters; thrillers dominated by violence; and movies with explicit eroticism. The list goes on. Is any of it acceptable for a 5-6 year old child to watch?
The answer, of course, is no!
Even at a young age, boys and girls choose different movies. This is due to differences in children’s thinking and mental capabilities. It’s not sexual bias to say that boys and girls are already preparing for different roles in society, and that everyone accepts these roles because they are established in children’s natures at birth. That is why Russian children should watch movies on Russian DVD.
Little boy knights like action movies with chases, races, riddles and mysteries. They already see themselves in the main characters that save the world. But in this trust lies the problem with bad movies, since along with intrigue, you will find in them outright cruelty in all its colors. At six, a child can’t yet completely understand things but knows intuitively that the man who fights and kills on screen is the main character. And who else will they imitate but the main character?
To avoid that, show young boys Russian films with real heroic content. Try the movie “Vasily Buslaev,” in which your child will appreciate the heroism and courage of the main character and strive to take in all his best qualities, becoming just as valiant, brave and fair. Also check out “Aladdin’s Magic Lamp,” where a child can fall into a land of wonders and even become a magician for a while himself.
Little princesses, oddly enough, already see themselves as young ladies and brides. Girls at this age are closely observing their mothers, their manners of speaking and use of cosmetics, their ways of dressing and doing their hair. Girls love movies about human relations, exhibiting their sociability and futures as true ladies. But if the main character swears like a sailor, smokes cigarettes and fights like a soldier, won’t it be appealing to girls to do the same?
Instead, give your little lady interesting movies about “Barbara the Fair with the Silken Hair” or “Vasilisa the Beautiful,” or the little Ellie who travels to Magic Country.
Movies form a child’s perception, regardless of your efforts! 
So, choose those films that will positively shape a child’s thinking. It has long been established that movies change children without our knowledge. Remember the kind Russian fairytales that your parents – now grandparents – once read to you? Recall the good and pleasant feelings these stories provoked in your soul. Now let your child plunge into this same wonderful world. Create a home library from Russian DVD of movies that the whole family can enjoy.

The World Of Fairytales For Your Child

“All in good time.” We use these words from Ecclesiastes in different situations, without even considering how valid they are. But it’s true that as parents we go through different stages in our lives and in the lives of our children. At every step of the way we encounter something interesting and thrilling, rousing wonderful memories.

Ages 5-6 is when a child begins to get interested in feature films. Like adults, children pick out movies that are to their liking. And the films they select will have an effect on how their minds are formed, whether or not they understand adults, and how they learn, communicate properly and grow.

The contemporary film industries in America, Europe and Russia are premised on using larger-than-life production to aggressively draw huge audiences to the screens.

Let’s take a guess: what are most television channels filled with?

Talk shows, which are not suitable for family viewing; films with unsightly and unfavorable characters; thrillers dominated by violence; and movies with explicit eroticism. The list goes on. Is any of it acceptable for a 5-6 year old child to watch?

The answer, of course, is no!

Even at a young age, boys and girls choose different movies. This is due to differences in children’s thinking and mental capabilities. It’s not sexual bias to say that boys and girls are already preparing for different roles in society, and that everyone accepts these roles because they are established in children’s natures at birth. That is why Russian children should watch movies on Russian DVD.

Little boy knights like action movies with chases, races, riddles and mysteries. They already see themselves in the main characters that save the world. But in this trust lies the problem with bad movies, since along with intrigue, you will find in them outright cruelty in all its colors. At six, a child can’t yet completely understand things but knows intuitively that the man who fights and kills on screen is the main character. And who else will they imitate but the main character?

To avoid that, show young boys Russian films with real heroic content. Try the movie “Vasily Buslaev,” in which your child will appreciate the heroism and courage of the main character and strive to take in all his best qualities, becoming just as valiant, brave and fair. Also check out “Aladdin’s Magic Lamp,” where a child can fall into a land of wonders and even become a magician for a while himself.

Little princesses, oddly enough, already see themselves as young ladies and brides. Girls at this age are closely observing their mothers, their manners of speaking and use of cosmetics, their ways of dressing and doing their hair. Girls love movies about human relations, exhibiting their sociability and futures as true ladies. But if the main character swears like a sailor, smokes cigarettes and fights like a soldier, won’t it be appealing to girls to do the same?

Instead, give your little lady interesting movies about “Barbara the Fair with the Silken Hair” or “Vasilisa the Beautiful,” or the little Ellie who travels to Magic Country.

Movies form a child’s perception, regardless of your efforts!

So, choose those films that will positively shape a child’s thinking. It has long been established that movies change children without our knowledge. Remember the kind Russian fairytales that your parents – now grandparents – once read to you? Recall the good and pleasant feelings these stories provoked in your soul. Now let your child plunge into this same wonderful world. Create a home library from Russian DVD of movies that the whole family can enjoy.

Interactive Books

Learn While Playing Remember how as kids we all loved interactive toys: talking dogs, toy vehicles that honked or made other noises (ambulances, military trucks), walking or swimming ducks, little rabbits with drums and musical books? Why do these toys evoke so much delight and admiration from kids? Why are interactive toys so interesting? To answer these questions, you have to understand just what interactive and “interactive toys” means. To put it simply, interactive toys allow for different types of interactions and communication in all its manifestations. When a child interacts with a traditional toy, in the process of the game a monologue will unfold from the point of view of the child. The toy is just the object of the game. It can’t move, speak, respond, sing or ask questions. These ordinary toys are not a substitute for real dialogues; they only serve to distract a child from their parents for a while. But with interactive toys, both participants (in this case a musical book and a child) become the subjects of communication.

What does “subjects of communication” mean? It means that your child thinks of a book as a companion, conversing with it, and it answers back. How great is that?

In general, kids under the age of five can’t distinguish between the concepts of “animate” and “inanimate” objects. In fact, you should never explain to a three-year-old what death is. A child will turn a dead beetle over and over until you take it away from them. To a child’s understanding, all things are alive, and if a beetle can’t run and isn’t moving its little legs, it just needs to “wake up.”

This view forces a child to perceive all objects as members of the “living” world. Any toy is a real creature, and they are particularly prone to getting into discussions with interactive books. Just think about why: these books have bright pictures, interesting fairytales and a little piano! These books include “Merry Notes,” “Winter Songs,” “A Smile Makes Everything Brighter,” and even the famous, “Cheerfully Walking Together.”

Looking at interactive books and playing with them, a child unconsciously to both themselves and their parents, develops hearing and a sense of rhythm. In the process of the game, the child will learn to carry a tune correctly, and maybe he’ll love playing the piano so much that he’ll attend music school when he’s a little older.

Marvelous musical books with fun melodies, running lights and colorful notes are the perfect way for your child to pass the time. Everyone is familiar with childhood songs like, “Dear Beetle,” “Two Plus Two Is Four,” “Two Merry Geese,” “Chunga Changa,” and others that form a child’s taste in good music.

Many parents have probably already encountered problems getting their children to read books regularly, especially when there’s a television in virtually every room. Compared with this miracle of technology, a book can seem really boring. But only if it’s not interactive!

These book-toys will train concentration and help develop a taste for literature, so that a child won’t want to go a single day without interacting with a book. An interactive book makes a kind of helper – one might even say a friend – with whom it’s always interesting to learn and play.

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