As part of the growth and education of a child, the development of autonomy is a very important element. It is by acquiring his autonomy that a child learns to do things on his own, to be responsible, to have some control over his life, etc. This is a process that differs from one child to another and the role of the parent is to support the child in his search for autonomy. Reading is also a good way to promote autonomy in children.
The development of autonomy in children
From the first weeks of life, a child will develop a large number of skills. All specialists agree that the first year of life is made up of many challenges for the child. During this first year and during all those which will follow until his adolescence, the autonomy of a child will gradually grow in different areas like :
- the development of thought and reflection,
- knowledge acquisition,
- emotion management,
- the development of physical ability,
- interaction with others.
Reading as a stimulus for children’s autonomy
Many parents include reading a story in bedtime rituals from the baby’s first months. This is an excellent initiative that also allows you to spend special moments with your child. Reading impacts language learning and children’s behavior since it plays a big role in the emotional and social development of the latter. Reading aloud helps children to:
- develop your imagination,
- to concentrate,
- pay more attention,
- discover the world,
- put words to feelings he experiences,
- stimulate their thinking and understanding skills,
- reduce hyperactivity, etc.
Reading sessions during the day or before bed will also go help the child to enrich his vocabulary and prepare for his entry into school. This will make it easier for him to express himself, read and write. Reading with him (or letting him discover) is therefore a simple way to promote your child’s autonomy.
Subscription to a children’s magazine
Parents must be present to support their child in his changes and especially to provide him with the necessary tools such as children’s magazines to stimulate his intelligence, make him want to learn and discover. When it comes to reading, ideas turn primarily to picture books and history or activity books. However, magazines are nevertheless documents with more diverse content (games, history, nursery rhymes, manual activities, etc.).
Giving your child (or a nephew, niece, godson, etc.) a magazine subscription is a great gift idea. In addition to helping him discover and nurture passions, it will allow him to feel great and important, since he will also receive mail periodically. This expectation will also allow him to understand the notion of passing time. The subscription also allowsswap unnecessary toys for a more rewarding and informative magazine.
Apart from the joy of receiving a gift, the magazine offers the advantage of arousing the interest of the child for a long time. So there is no need to worry about losing the novelty appeal that usually happens when it comes to toys. In addition, a magazine provides your child with varied information on subjects that are equally important and a reading medium adapted to its age. Thanks to his magazine, the child will:
- improve reading skills,
- take an interest in other ways of life,
- get to know the world around him,
- develop memory,
- learn to inform yourself,
- relate what he has read through his own words,
- develop values, etc.
Doubt is not allowed as regards the interest of reading for the development of children’s autonomy. However, it is still important to be able to choose which ones your child can read.
Children’s magazines are valuable tools you can use to help your child at every stage of the development of his autonomy. Today there are a multitude of them, available over the counter or by subscription. Here are some tips to help you make the right choices for children’s magazines.
Magazines for children from 0 to 6 years old
Stimulated by colors, shapes and textures, toddlers, from around 6 months to 3 years old, will be seduced by brightly colored albums featuring characters in short stories. Early learning games or audio stories will also be ideal. to promote awakening and discovery of oneself and the world.
Later, between 3 and 6 years old, the magazines chosen must be a little more elaborate, in particular as regards the stories and the level of language, since this period corresponds to the first years at school. Choose albums with characters your little one can relate to, as well as manual activities like coloring, connecting dots to build words or shapes, etc.
Be sure to choose small formats so that your child can hold their magazine on their own, and don’t forget to check the thickness of the pages to limit the risk of tears. Also check that the texts included in the magazine are simple and interesting.
Magazines from 7 years old
Your child may already be able to read on his own. It is then advisable to provide him with magazines which allow him to maximize his knowledge about life and the world in general. Chat with him if possible in order to better understand the themes that interest him. You will be able to offer him a magazine on science, nature, animals, history, languages, art, etc. This will allow him to develop his passion for a particular theme.
Make sure you keep reading interest into your teenage years by talking to them about their readings. This will eventually allow you to assess whether a magazine no longer interests him in order to offer him others that better fit with the new interests and concerns related to his age and personal development. Always make sure ensure that the content offered is in line with the values you advocate at home.