Interactive Movies help improve reading skills
During childbirths, children listen to relatives and often try to replicate what they hear. As children grow, association of symbols with sounds becomes critical for language development, and experts say it’s more important to read than most parents realize.
When it comes to reading, children need to discriminate on individual sounds before they can work together to build words. Studies show playing rhymes and sounding words with your children helping to develop their reading skills. But what about watching television?
According to a study published in The Journal of Biological Psychiatry in 2004, association of symbols with sound, especially in the form of narrative, plays an important role in the proper development of reading skills.
In the study, two groups of children with poor reading skills were investigated to determine which learning approach was more effective: traditional remedial reading, special education, speech and language teaching or reading lessons that were built around sound and symbol societies contained in narrative. The group who received class lessons with sound and symbol societies learned more learning and had a dramatic improvement in their reading skills and fluency.
Based on this and other research, one company has developed a pleasant way for students to improve reading, understanding and development skills in advance. This involves television – specifically children’s films.
Reading movies, part of the ReadEnt learning program developed by SFK Media specifically for Kids Corp., are interactive movies that use Action Caption technology to display spoken word on screen, in real time, as character speaks. The words clearly appear from the mouth of the speakers and without the disruption of the flow of the movie. As children watch the movies, their reading and spoken language skills naturally develop.
Read movies are available in a set of three DVDs with adaptations of literary stories that many know and love. Jules Verne’s “20,000 leagues under the sea,” Jonathan Swift’s “Gulliver’s Travels” and “The Trojan Horse”, adapted to Homer’s “The Odyssey.” So, what does this mean to parents? No more guilt for allowing your children to watch TV.