BY NAOMI UZOR
The founder of Reading is Fun book club, Mrs Tola Gbogboade, has said that the major reason why she started the reading club was to inculcate reading habit in the Nigerian children.
Speaking during an excursion in Lantern house, Gbogboade said many Nigerians do not have the habit of reading except during examinations and this habit is not proper for a growing child as reading educational books widens their knowledge to a great extent.
“To most people, reading age is the same as the chronological age, but research has shown that it is never the same. Reading age is either higher or lower than chronological age. Most children are not reading because they think it is not fun to read, but there is a lot of fun in reading when it is inculcated in these young ones. I saw book clubs in America, and I said to myself, the Nigerian child should also be exposed to such knowledge” she said.
According to her, the club is not a competition over which child is better than the other, but it is used to determine the children’s ability with a view to providing challenging reading materials and helpful age appropriate reading material.
She disclosed that the Reading is Fun book club consists of children from different schools and is not a fee-paying clu. She also added that it fosters closer relationship between parents and child, it is an easy enjoyable way for a child to develop many literacy skills, the child learns new vocabulary and is exposed to new idea and concepts.
“The children develop important language and communication skills, the discussions help them practice turn-taking and encourages them to use language to analyse, make predictions and solve problems.