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Reading and discussing books with your child is a safe life simulator

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In her author’s column on Polit74, Nadezhda Sukhova, editor-in-chief of the corporate newspaper of the South Ukrainian State Pedagogical University, shares her thoughts on how to discuss the book with children.

Nadezhda Sukhova: Reading and discussing books with a child is a safe life simulator

Children are growing, experience is growing, books are getting thicker too. Photo from the editorial archive

I think everyone remembers how he was infuriated by the question “What is this work about?” In a literature lesson. Really, about what? Every self-respecting writer never writes about one thing, he always has a hole full of problems, sharp questions, pain and attempts to tell about it. And often even the author himself can not tell exactly in two sentences what his book is about.

Well, what is Harry Potter about? About friendship? About the burden of election? About becoming a person in a cruel world? About love, including parental love? Everyone will see their own, and this will be right.

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Especially for Polit74. Today’s column was hosted by Nadezhda Sukhova, editor-in-chief of the corporate newspaper of SUSU. Photo from personal archive.

But why, wanting to talk to children about the book they read, we are like teachers with burnout and shake our child: tell us what you just read! And what can he answer? After all, he is not taught to read and analyze books at school, he is taught on the exam.

So how do you discuss books with children?

First of all, you need to address their feelings. It is not necessary to dig deep at once, it is necessary to begin with something easy. Which hero did you like and why? Which one did you not like and why? And how would you act in the place of a character?

By answering such questions, the child learns to try the work on himself, turn to his experience and get rich from others. He begins to see different patterns of behavior, to analyze them in terms of compliance with his inner world.

Gradually the conversations need to be complicated. Children are growing, experience is growing, books are getting thicker too. There are more heroes in them, the relationship between them is more complicated. Do you think Masha loves Dubrovsky? How did you understand that? Why is Draco Malfoy behaving this way about Harry? Why did the Tula masters shoe the flea?

Let him move his brains, look for answers not only in his head, but also look around, watch people. And we must help him in this – to pay attention to people – close and not very, to the situation so that the real world and the world of literature do not exist in parallel, but interpenetrate each other. You can ask what character in the book this or that person looks like, or in which work the child encountered a situation similar to the one that happened this morning in the parking lot.


As soon as the child realizes that the heroes of the books are reflections of real people, he will begin to read thoughtfully, not just chasing the plot

As soon as the child realizes that the heroes of the books are reflections of real people, he will begin to read thoughtfully, not just chasing the plot. He needs to gain experience from somewhere. On something he needs to learn to live in a variety of situations. Yes, you will not be prepared for everything, but once you have emotionally experienced the loss, the death of a loved one, the child will have the experience of living in grief when he loses a loved one in the real world.

Yes, it can be argued that the death of a book hero is a sham. However, the reader experiences real emotions. By the way, the vaccine is not the disease itself, but it teaches our body to fight.

In addition, reading and discussing books with your child is a safe life simulator. We do not always know which sites on the Internet our child visits, what he reads or watches on social networks. And the book is here. We know all its plot twists, we are ready to answer all questions. Well, or at least we are ready to look for answers together with the child. Understand why one Anna spilled oil and the other ran under the train. The main thing is not to ask “what the book is about” and to turn more to the thoughts and feelings of the child. That’s all, that’s all.

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