The first contact with the mother tongue starts from birth with parents and close relatives; this is called the mother tongue learning process.
The specific ability of children to learn their mother tongue is programmed into their brains in the same way as children are programmed to learn to walk.
A child’s language develops in interaction with others. Therefore it is important that parents and close relatives stimulate the child’s language development by talking, narrating, reading and singing.
Story books and reading aloud to children already in early age are important componentsto help children to conquer their own mother tongue.
Children who have a rich vocabulary in their own mother tongue when they start school have easier to learn the language in school and they learn to read and write earlier.
Children also learn a second language better if they have a high level of competence in their own mother tongue.
Researches have shown that it is easier to learn a new language if you have good knowledge of your own mother tongue. The languages can act as a support for each other.
Language is one of the most important factors with regard to cultural affiliation and identity.
Based on the importance of the mother tongue and that very few story books are produced in Seychelles in the children’s own mother tongue Creole we decided to write and publish story books for children in Creole.
Writing and publishing story books for small children is a part of our project “Give your child a language!”
You can read more about the project in earlier blogs, label “Give your child a language.”
Our stories take place in Seychellesin the children’s own environment, it is important for children especially small children to be able to recognize and identify themselves with the characters in the story books.
The Spider Prince
Jojo and Yxkull are gardening with their friends. They will teach us about plants, about what tools you need when you are planting and what makes a seed grow.
The little rabbit
This little story can be affiliated to especially article 6 in UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and can be used as a discussion with the children about their rights. What do small children believe they need and what makes them feel good happy and safe? Who do they believe is responsible
that children, get what they need?
Visit http://www.playtime-seychelles-charity.org/ if you want to read Save Mango! online.