Publisher: Edukacja Elementarna w Teorii i Praktyce
Journal: Elementary Education in Theory and Practice
Subjects: Education, reading activity; leisure; preschool child; reading attitude; family environment; child’s play, Pedagogika, aktywność czytelnicza; czas wolny; dziecko w wieku przedszkolnym; postawa czytelnicza; środowisko rodzinne; zabawa
The aim of this paper is an attempt to place the issues and to stress the importance of early reading experiences in the space of leisure, according to children of preschool age. A small child’s leisure time is a specific category, category, inconsistent with a standard and general definitions of the phenomenon. The main and most natural preschool child’s leisure form is child’s play which, beyond the joy and pleasure, should also bring an educational value that contributes to the development of motivation, self-esteem, self-confidence and gain new experiences, in order to prepare child for challenges and responsibilities associated with the start of formal education. In this study, special attention was paid to the use of leisure space to initiate child’s early reading behaviors. Reading is, in terms of whole life, both one of the most important and difficult skill to master, which is also a key factor in the educational and life success. The basis for the development of reading skills is appropriate attitude and motivation, which is not a spontaneous phenomenon but it requires awakening, supporting and strengthening from the earliest years of a child’s life. Family social interactions, multiplicity and variety of reading experiences can contribute to the development of a strong internal motivation and positive attitude toward reading. For this reason, it seems important to arrange and organize child’s leisure activities (play) properly, in which the main role is played by parents.
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