Leave apart Puss in Boots, Jack and the Beanstalk and the Cinder Lady, when your child simply refuses to read a book even of his favourite Tom and Jerry cartoon; then just turn him into a character and write a book on him, with him; for him to read! As simple as that! He/ She will not only read but will simply cherish it.
Here is what I and Ali Asghar did today to ensure that he likes what he reads. So together we wrote about his experience of the day before and turned into a story for him to read. Here is how it goes:
Once upon a time, there was a boy named Ali Asghar. He loved his nana. His nana’s name was Murtaza bhai. Nana always brought for Ali Asghar many gifts.
When nana came to Karachi this year, he brought with him 5 glue sticks, balloons, biscuits and marzipaan. Ali Asghar loves balloons.
Ali Asghar along with his nana, dadi, dada, papa and mummy went to Port Grand. There they saw many ships and Red Indians. There were also many bands playing music.
Nana and Ali Asghar sat in the train. The train took them near the jumping castle and then turned back. They stopped near the balloons and the bench where Ali Asghar’s dada and dadi were sitting. Ali Asghar had a lot of fun with his family.
Since he loves colouring pages, I made sure the clip art I used were black and white. He likes to call his nana Murtaza bhai and not only Murtaza. If you ever ask him his nana’s name he will tell you that.
From the non-reader Ali Asghar; he took a complete U-Turn and in fact now wants me to type another story of him, for him to read. I gradually plan to increase the words and vocabulary to keep him interested in not only reading but also constructing his story for him.
Simply loving the new hype of story making!