An open lecture on the traditions of family reading was held at the Ryazan Regional Universal Scientific Library named after Maxim Gorky. The listeners learned about the history of the tradition and the possibility of its continuation in the modern world.
During the lecture “Family Reading: Traditions and Modernity”, Elena Bogdanova, Doctor of Pedagogy, Professor, Chief Researcher at the Institute of Education, spoke about the origin and reasons for the flourishing of family reading in the 19th century, how it was organized and dedicated to. The speaker also explained why modern families read less, how family evenings can be made attractive for children and adults in the digital age. Elena Bogdanova suggested books for reading with children and subsequent discussion. About it informs Website of the Institute of Education of the Russian Academy of Education.
At the beginning of the lecture, Elena Svyatoslavovna noted that family reading is a process of joint reading activity that evokes a sense of unity in the participants and unites the family. Family reading becomes a tradition when books are read regularly and for a long time, and not from time to time. Representatives of different generations can participate in it.
You can arrange readings in the format of a game, a ritual, accompany it with drawing, songs, as well as a discussion of the characters and their actions. You should try to create a cozy atmosphere with the help of lighting, treats, toys.
The expert noted that the gap between the two generations is currently growing. One of them draws information from books, and the other from the Internet. In addition, the family circle is narrowing: grandparents often no longer take an active part in upbringing.
In the fall of this year, employees of the Institute of Education conducted a study of the phenomenon of family reading. 730 respondents participated in it. It turned out that the majority (46%) have a family library, it has a lot of printed literature for children and adults. 37% have a varied selection of books, 10% have only children’s literature at home. 2% of respondents prefer to read in electronic format, and 4% have no books at all at home.
69% of children said that they have direct access to books, 31% ask for a book from their parents if they want to read it. However, as Elena Bogdanova noted, each child should have his own library so that he can pick up a book at any time. Children’s books don’t have to be expensive, so you don’t mind coloring them or damaging them in the game.
Most fathers and mothers read to their children at night (57%) or when the children themselves ask for it (50%). 6% of respondents do not read to children at all. As a rule, it is the mother (64%) or the child (41%) who takes the initiative to read. Fathers initiate this activity only 16% of the time.
Today, the tradition of family reading, as the survey showed, has been replaced by reading for the child. Every fifth family reads regularly, but each has its own book. The tradition of reading aloud is supported by only 15% of the study participants. The expert explains this by a decrease in the reading culture, small children, divorces and immersion in the Internet space.
Formerly online edition “Teacher’s newspaper” told about popular science and fiction, which may be of interest to children of different ages. It can also be suitable for family reading.