Collab With Your Vocab

“Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of councillors, and the most patient of teachers”– Charles W. Elio

According to Stats SA: Nearly half of South Africa’s children have never read a book with a parent. This information is very alarming considering the importance of reading; especially at an adolescent stage. There are various factors which have led to the peaking of these disappointing statistics.

Language and literature is essential when it comes to communication. One of the best ways to nurture the brain is simply by picking up a book and reading. The advantage of this is that: it expands your vocabulary, you are able to expose yourself to new and relevant data, you are able to get a broader perspective on things that interest you, you are able to make your way into wise author’s heads and receive crucial advice that can improve your life. The list is endless.

Many parents take their children to school and assume that the information that their kids grasp from educators is sufficient. Which results in them not reading with their kids at home. Other reasons are that: parents become too pre-occupied that reading does not become a priority (cooking, cleaning, laundry etc.), lack of experience as well – some parents never had the opportunity of reading with their parents when they were young so when they don’t read with their kids it seems normal or right. Technology is another huge factor. A child would rather have their eyes glued on the TV screen than on a book. “Monkey see monkey do” – kids copy almost everything that they see, so if they don’t ever see their parents reading then they won’t do so either. Some kids are unfortunate not to grow with a parent or parents.

“Any book that helps to form a habit of reading, to make reading one of his deep and continuing needs, is good for him,” said Maya Angelou. So parents need to learn and asses their kids carefully, they need to speak to them regularly about their interests, then compile a variety of books based on their interests and then give their kids the responsibility to choose the books for themselves.

Reading is the building block of education and the sooner parents take the initiative to assist their children at a young age the better. 

By: Lethukukhanya Mlaba

13 thoughts on “Collab With Your Vocab

  • June 10, 2019 at 5:32 pm
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    I feel like for our generation the problem was not because our parents did not have the time to read with us but because they themselves did not know how to read. Let us bare in mind that illiteracy was high once upon a time.

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    • June 11, 2019 at 7:00 pm
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      very true, the barriers of illiteracy can be broken though. we live in an era where technology can do almost everything, where you can get the correct definitions and pronunciations at a click of a button. at the end of the day it’s all about effort.

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  • June 11, 2019 at 9:35 pm
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    Beautiful article ❤️ I learnt how to read before I even started kindergarten, because at home I’d read with my mom and sister, also that’s something which was and still is encouraged at home. I believe that learning how to read ag a young age is a confidence booster.

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  • June 12, 2019 at 10:48 am
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    Beautiful article❤️

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    • June 13, 2019 at 8:05 pm
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      i appreciate it so much ❤️

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  • June 12, 2019 at 1:55 pm
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    Beautifully article Khanya, I only started reading books at my early twenties, because thought me at home the importance of reading, but as me now as a parent, I will make sure that I use every little time I get to read with my daughter. Much love Khanya❤💖

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    • June 13, 2019 at 8:03 pm
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      thank you so much. ❤️💫 the children are our future, let us equip them with the necessary tools in order to better our communities, as well as our country as a whole.

      giving our children the opportunity to expand their knowledge by simply reading books that interest them.

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  • June 12, 2019 at 8:25 pm
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    “Reading is essential for those who seek to rise above the ordinary.” – Jim Rohn

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    • June 13, 2019 at 7:58 pm
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      100% my brother.

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  • June 13, 2019 at 6:03 pm
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    Beautiful and informative Khanya.
    Reminded me why i love reading so much and what it has done for me and the way I think.
    thank you.
    can’t wait for the next article 🌈

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  • June 13, 2019 at 6:09 pm
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    Beautiful and informative Khanya 💜
    Reminded me of the importance of reading and why i fell inlove with it in the first place.
    Can’t wait for the next article 🌈

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  • June 13, 2019 at 7:57 pm
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    i appreciate it so much.

    please pass on the skills and knowledge to your family members; to your niece’s and nephews etc. charity begins at home and once these statistics are challenged from within households, we can then go out into the world and offer a helping hand.

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  • June 16, 2019 at 4:55 pm
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    thank you so much Michelle. ❤️ stay tuned for more articles 🙏🏽

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