Why is it important to learn English in Bali?
If you've ever been to the island of Gods, you'll know that most of the Balinese people work in tourism. Without a basic knowledge of English it's hard to find a job. Especially in the villages, most of the children don't have the opportunity to learn English at school.
That's a pity because childhood is the best time for learning a foreign language in a playful way.
When I was working at a bilingual school, I got first hand experience at seeing how easy and playfully children can get in touch with a foreign language, it's impressive.
GROWING UP IN A LITERACY CULTURE
Most of us were probably grew up in a literacy culture.
We're used to
- reading books to children
- talking about books with children
- singing along a book with children
- finding a wide range of colourful themed books for every age
- being READING ROLE MODELS
- going to a library and choosing books we're interested in
- READING for PLEASURE
WHY ARE BOOKS IMPORTANT FOR CHILDREN?
Books are especially important for children and for their emotional and social development. Children's lives can be transformed by books; windows into new worlds can be opened, horizons can be widened by books, or they can just make the children laugh. With READING FOR PLEASURE children can get the key they need for unlocking their lives through literacy.
UNFORTUNATELY THE READING HABITS IN INDONESIA ARE NOT THE SAME ONES THAT WE ARE USED TO.
"Only ONE out of 1000 Indonesians is PASSIOANTE about READING!" (UNDP)
Indonesian People are not used to reading books for pleasure. They are used to reading books for studying at school and university. You don't see parents reading books to their children or kids reading comics or books. Having FUN with BOOKS and having a wide RANGE of COLOURFUL BOOKS is totally NEW for them.
But DODO and his BOOK BOXES can help to change the reading habits together with local READING ROLE MODELS.
CHANGING THE READING HABITS WITH DODO'S BOOK BOXES
Loving books is something that can start when you're very young, even when the book isn't written in your mother tongue. It's important for children to get in touch with books and with the pleasure of reading books together. Even if they don't understand every word in the foreign language, they'll see the pictures and hear the sounds of the new language. As often as you're reading the books together, the children will try out by copying and repeating, what they've heard.
THE IMPORTANCE OF READING PUPPETS
Finger and Hand Puppets can help you to to make READING FUN.
Especially when the book is written in a foreign language, puppets that go along with the story, are really helpful for understanding the story. The story can become alive with the puppets, and that's the way READING can BE FUN and PLAYFUL.
How to use Reading Puppets?
- make sure, you're having all the characters of the story
- introduce the puppets to the children
- use funny voices with the puppets- that's a great way to make the children laugh
- enjoy the time together reading and playing the story
- let the children play with the puppets and encourage them to repeat the words of the story with you
READING FOR PLEASURE - GOOD CONDITIONS
Big Books are the best way to get in touch with books in a foreign language. Most of the books have rhymes and are easy to understand. The big colourful pictures are impressive, and the finger or hand puppets are motivating to play along with the stories.
READING ROLE MODELS
As more as local adults will read with the children then the more the children and adults will enjoy the reading time together. They can experience that reading can be fun.
Local Role Model - Reading with the children
ACCESS TO BOOKS
Reading can become a habit, if children have free access to books. They don't need 100 books to choose from but they should get the chance to find the books, they're interested in, out of a wide range. Dodo's Book Boxes, especially the Library Boxes, will give the children free access to books so they can deepen their experiences and the understanding of themselves and their environment.
ACCESS TO CHILDREN BOOKS IN INDONESIA
If you want to find a bookstore with children books in Indonesia it's quite hard to find. You can find some bookstores in the touristic area in the south of Bali, but they don't have a wide range of books for children. It is especially difficult to find so many English Books, and if you find some they are probably very expensive.
Dodo knows where to get colourful English Children Books for every age. He knows how happy all the children are, when he reads with them in English and he hopes that he'll get lots of discounts from the distributors in the future.
DODO'S TEACHING AND LIBRARY BOXES