I found a place where Little Edison can spend hours away from home, without getting stressed and in a safe supervised environment. On the other hand, I can relax without sweating out. Unlike the shopping mall, children cannot talk loud and unruly in this place. So indirectly, we are also teaching them about discipline here.
This wonderful place where children can also learn, socialize and gain a love for books is the public library. Experts agree that exposure to books is a key component of early literacy. The more exposure the children have to books, the more quickly and easily they learn to read. By taking them to the library on a regular basis, we can begin building the foundation of their reading education.
We brought Little Edison to Bishan Public Library two weeks ago. It was his first library experience. Initially, I was worried that he may have problem behaving properly in the quiet setting in the library. However, he proved me wrong and I was pleasantly surprised by his attention span and proper library behavior. He was fascinated with the vast variety of books in the children section. He can handle the books properly without ripping the pages.
As a basic member, I can loan up to 6 library items. Together with Daddy V, we picked up 12 children books for Little Edison. We can start our regular story time session at home without spending too much money to buy these books. And for sure, we will make the library visit a monthly event for Little Edison to establish good reading habits for a lifetime.
If you’re worried about your toddler’s noisy and squirmy behavior, do discuss with them about the proper library behavior and proper care of books prior to your visit. Choose a time when they are well-rested and well-fed. Remember – hungry and tired children will not be able to concentrate. It may take a few tries for them to settle down and understand what is expected in the library.
For more information about the national library, you can visit their website HERE.