Fostering the culture of reading in a person cannot be done instantly. In addition to school, the habit of reading should also start to be taught in the family environment. Chairperson of the Indonesian Association of School Information Workers (APISI), Hanna Catherina George explained, in the early childhood and primary levels, the role of parents is important to introduce children to reading books. The reason is in that age parents are still actively assisting children. This was conveyed in an education discussion in Jakarta, Wednesday (12/10)
Anna said, the personal touch is still full/intact from parents in that age. Reading books would be assisted, and they would become familiar with books, although certainly today everything is inseparable from technology.
Each parent, she said, could motivate children in the form of recognition, awards, or incentives. Studying children’s interests and ensuring availability of preferred reading materials is also a way to cultivate reading culture. Reading interest begins from example. Printed books are effective to increase reading interest from early childhood to primary school. Whereas in the further levels it needs to be accompanied by technology, for example digital books or other activities.
In that discussion, a participant named Wiwid also shared her experiences in fostering reading interest in her children in the family environment. She told the habituation has now prompted her children to enjoy reading/ have a hobby of reading. Wiwid agreed that reading begins from example. She explained, when her children were still young, she used to do story reading before bed, then on birthdays they are given books as presents. Entering junior high school (SMP), children are allotted allowance to buy books. And eventually this fostered the culture of reading in them.