I bought a book called “Hajimete Zukan 1000”.
It is an illustrated book for children that introduces animals, plants, vehicles, food, and many other genres.
It has a stylus, and when you touch a picture in the storybook with the stylus, the stylus reads out its name. Not only the name, but in the case of animals, it also tells you their sounds. It’s a practical time we live in.
This was introduced as a matter of urgency because our son Takeh’s second birthday was coming up, but we couldn’t wait until his birthday.
After I brought him home from daycare, he would get bored and rowdy when I started preparing dinner. He would throw his stuffed panda, put the giraffe in a headlock, or knock over all the blocks. I suppose it is a small resistance that only a child can make when he wants to be left alone by his parents, but as a parent, I wish I could give him a break.
If it were possible, I would like her to sit quietly on the sofa and read until I had finished preparing dinner. Of course, this is impossible.
Every day, as I cleaned up the toys scattered about to relieve his stress, I thought to myself, “I have to do something fast. Then I had the idea of giving him a picture book.
We had already been showing him NHK e-television programs for children. But he did not seem to find TV very interesting without interactivity, and he tended to get bored after 10 minutes. So I thought that a picture book that reads out names and makes sounds when you press the stylus might catch his interest. I thought.
The price was incredibly high. The fact that it is a full-color book and that it comes with a stylus makes it more expensive, but the price was at a level that made me hesitate to buy it. I bought it anyway. It was an early birthday present for him. If it had not been for that reason, I would not have been able to afford the price if it had been my family’s budget.
When I gave him this picture book, he was hooked, just as his parents had hoped. As soon as he wakes up in the morning, he starts touching the picture book, and when he comes home in the evening, he touches it again.
The well-designed part of this book is that it not only tells you the name of the animal when you touch it with the stylus, but also asks questions in the form of quizzes, such as “Which one is fat? Which animal makes this sound? The book also has a quiz mode that asks questions like “Which one is Fat?
At first, he rarely used the quiz mode, but as he got used to reading the book, he began to match the names and pictures. He started to enjoy the quiz. In fact, it seems that he cannot be motivated to read picture books unless they are in quiz format, and he is becoming more quiz-oriented.
Think about it, it’s true. Even I, as an adult, get tired of hearing “fox” or “horse” when I touch something and wonder, “So what?” and get tired of it.
Seeing our child so engrossed in the project made us feel that we had made a good, albeit expensive, purchase.
However, when Benesse’s “Kodomo Challenge” correspondence course arrived a month later, it came with a pen-and-ink illustrated book that looked just like it. Its price was half that of Hajimete Zukan, which surprised me. I understand that the price is a bait-and-switch element since it is the April issue at the beginning of the school year (De Agostini’s business method), but it is still inexpensive.
Eventually, two months after purchasing the book, he stopped using the coffee table book so much. It had become a tool that he occasionally threw on the floor in a fit of rage, and the hard cover of the book was falling apart.
They were very expensive, and every time he threw one at me, I would yell, “Hey, stop! I would like to use him for at least another year, preferably more than two years.
Even if only temporarily, giving him a picture book has reduced stress in the household, as he now spends his time quietly reading the book while dinner is being prepared.
I have also been pleased to see that he has begun to take an interest in creatures and things he does not know while looking at the picture books. Whenever he asks me, “What is that?” I like to look it up with him.