Tips for the importance of reading in mother tongue for children under 8 years.
- Learning does not begin in school. Learning starts at home in the learners’ home language
- Second, by using the learners’ home language, learners are more likely to engage in the learning process. The interactive learner-Centered approach – recommended by all educationalists works better here – It allows learners to make suggestions, ask questions, answer questions and create and communicate new knowledge with enthusiasm. It gives learners confidence and helps to affirm their culture.
- A crucial learning aim in the early years of education is the development of basic literacy skills: reading, writing and arithmetic. Essentially, the skills of reading and writing come down to the ability to associate the sounds of a language with the letters or symbols used in the written form.
- It has also been shown that skills and concepts taught in the learners’ mother tongue do not have to be re-taught when they transfer to a second language. A learner who knows how to read and write in one language will develop reading and writing skills in a new language faster. The learner already knows that letters represent sounds, the only new learning he or she needs
is how the new language ‘sounds’ its letters.
- Use of the learners’ mother tongue at the start of school also lessens the burden on teachers, especially where the teacher speaks the local language well (which is the case in the majority of the rural schools in our country)