Spike's Story: "It's really good for his educational development"
Helping children start school prepared isn’t something that just happens in kindergarten.
It’s a process that starts at birth, supporting children’s early development across the five vital areas of:
• physical health and wellbeing
• social competence
• emotional maturity
• language and cognitive skills
• communication skills and general knowledge
In Australia today, more than one in five children start school “developmentally vulnerable” in one or more of these areas.
In the Queensland community of Leichhardt where Sebastian, Karina and their son Spike (10 months) live, almost one in two children start school unprepared, being more than twice as likely as other Australian children to lack the language and communication skills needed to thrive.
I like to read when I am by myself with Spike. That way I can act out some scenes of the book, so I don’t get embarrassed with everyone around me. He likes it when I do that, I get a smile and a laugh.
Wanting to give their son a better chance in life, Sebastian and Karina wasted no time in signing up then 6-month-old Spike to the Imagination Library after hearing about it at their local playgroup.
“We figured it would be important to involve him while he is at this young age to basically learn as much as he could from the books, colour wise, vocab wise. Just starting him interacting with books at a young age we believe it is really good for his educational development.”
While Spike is still too little to fully appreciate most of the stories, it’s the simple act of reading and interacting together in these crucial early years that will help him build the vital skills he’ll need for school. And the books are working, encouraging parents like Sebastian and Karina to spend more time engaging in shared reading with their children, even if sometimes it pushes them beyond their comfort zone, as Sebastian explains.
“Donating to the Imagination Library book club is a wonderful cause. Its enhancing the learning of children in community and books are a wonderful gift that can’t be replaced by a toy or a computer. It’s something they’ll have forever to look back on. Spike loves reading now, we hope that reading becomes part of his everyday activity and that he enjoys it for the rest of his life.”
Give more children like Spike the chance to start school ready to thrive!
“The books that you receive are really quality books. They are great for children of al ages for learning and great for your library. It’s a really positive experience to involve yourself and your family in.”
– Karina, Spike’s mum
“Spike loves reading!
If you put the books out he points to them and wants the book. He’s very interactive while reading – he loves them.”
– Sebastian, Spike’s dad