Arab Today, arab today children should fall in love with books
Last Updated : GMT 06:37:29
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today

Bedtime reading key to development

Children should fall in love with books

Arab Today, arab today

Arab Today, arab today Children should fall in love with books

Bedtime reading
Dubai - Arabstoday

Bedtime reading Children need role models if they are to be encouraged to read, educators said at a reading roadshow this week where Maitha Al Khayat, the Emirati author and illustrator was a guest speaker. Sarah Perry, a consultant for the Ministry of Education, said the likes of Mrs Al Khayat are vital in promoting reading in a country where oral tradition is stronger. Until now such efforts have suffered from a lack of role models.
\"It\'s good to have someone [like Maitha] who didn\'t start off loving reading but to then believe in herself enough to go on and write,\" she said.
\"It\'s important to see someone who\'s gone through the process, especially for Emirati children to see an Emirati author.\"
Mrs Al Khayat spoke at the event yesterday at Dubai Women\'s College, stressing the importance of her father\'s bedtime stories as she was growing up in engaging her love of books and story telling, through authors like Roald Dahl and Beatrix Potter.
She has now begun writing her Emirati-themed children\'s stories in Arabic as well as English. \"I don\'t want my children and the children in our community not to love Arabic,\" she said.
In 2007, the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study found that 44 per cent of Dubai schoolchildren had fewer than 25 books in their home, and just one in eight had more than 100.
Another 2010 study ranked Dubai 42nd out of 65 countries in reading literacy.
Teachers at yesterday\'s leg of a nationwide reading roadshow, spoke of the difficulty of encouraging children to read.
Elham Hassan, an English teacher at the Jumeirah Model School For Girls, said allocated weekly library time is a constant battle.
\"I can\'t force the children to do it, they\'ve got to love it,\" she said. Her school\'s library has this year had a major overhaul and now holds a vast collection of books. That has helped, she said.
When Mrs Al Khayat was at school in Ras Al Khaimah, there were no books or bookshops with Arabic literature, a situation that was at the time not uncommon.
Even in recent years, finding books for her children has not been easy. That, she said, inspired her to write, leading to the publication in 2009 of her first book, I Love My Dad\'s Long Beard.
\"The books were all in English. There was nothing on the UAE, on our culture, our religion. There were signs that told me maybe I could do something.\"

arabstoday
arabstoday

Name *

E-mail *

Comment Title*

Comment *

: Characters Left

Mandatory *

Terms of use

Publishing Terms: Not to offend the author, or to persons or sanctities or attacking religions or divine self. And stay away from sectarian and racial incitement and insults.

I agree with the Terms of Use

Security Code*

Arab Today, arab today children should fall in love with books Arab Today, arab today children should fall in love with books

 



Arab Today, arab today

Name *

E-mail *

Comment Title*

Comment *

: Characters Left

Mandatory *

Terms of use

Publishing Terms: Not to offend the author, or to persons or sanctities or attacking religions or divine self. And stay away from sectarian and racial incitement and insults.

I agree with the Terms of Use

Security Code*

Arab Today, arab today children should fall in love with books Arab Today, arab today children should fall in love with books

 



Arab Today, arab today France defies terrorism through tourism

GMT 15:18 2017 Saturday ,20 May

France defies terrorism through tourism
Arab Today, arab today Zainab Fadel Oglu designs “Shakerin” mosque

GMT 12:13 2017 Thursday ,11 May

Zainab Fadel Oglu designs “Shakerin” mosque
Arab Today, arab today Seeks to move past rift with Israel

GMT 08:00 2017 Monday ,08 May

Seeks to move past rift with Israel
View News in Arabic - Education: التعليم أخبار
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today Mozambique's gas boom dream under threat

GMT 16:29 2017 Monday ,08 May

Mozambique's gas boom dream under threat
Arab Today, arab today Prepares to give stargazers an eyeful

GMT 13:38 2017 Monday ,06 March

Prepares to give stargazers an eyeful
Arab Today, arab today Jaguar displays XF Sportbrake line

GMT 14:36 2017 Monday ,08 May

Jaguar displays XF Sportbrake line
Arab Today, arab today BMW sees forecasts in reach

GMT 09:04 2017 Thursday ,04 May

BMW sees forecasts in reach
Arab Today, arab today Climate science: Bad news gets worse

GMT 08:48 2017 Saturday ,06 May

Climate science: Bad news gets worse
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today
 
 Arab Today Facebook,arab today facebook  Arab Today Twitter,arab today twitter Arab Today Rss,arab today rss  Arab Today Youtube,arab today youtube  Arab Today Youtube,arab today youtube
arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday
arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday
arabstoday
بناية النخيل - رأس النبع _ خلف السفارة الفرنسية _بيروت - لبنان
arabstoday, Arabstoday, Arabstoday