Audiobooks for kids: benefit or harm
Unfortunately, many children do not particularly like to read: for them, reading is not fun, but not particularly pleasant duty. But it's hard to find a child who does not like when he read aloud. But parents do not always have the opportunity to read to a child as much as he wants. And then come to the aid audiobooks for children.
Actually, audio books for children is not a recent invention as it may seem. Many of us and our parents in the childhood listened to stories on the vinyl. But these tales are not much different from the audio books — the only change is the media and method of playback. In place of the records and players came MP3 files and players (computers).
Audiobooks for children are not only convenient (especially for parents), but also useful. First, an important skill for the child is the ability to perceive information by ear and concentrate attention. This skill will be useful to him not only during his studies, but also in later life. Children's audiobooks help this skill develop.
Second, audio books for children help in speech development. Actors who read children's audiobooks have the right speech and well-placed diction. Imitating them, the child will learn to speak correctly. In addition, when listening to audiobooks, his vocabulary increases.
Third, reducing the load on the eyes. Now the children spend more and more time at the computer or in front of the TV, in addition, the workload increases, and the child has to pore over the textbooks and notebooks. If you also read "for yourself" fiction - with good eyesight will have to say goodbye. Audiobooks for children help and get acquainted with the literature, and protect your eyes.
In addition, audiobooks for children helpto pass the time. if you have to stand with a child in a queue or to go somewhere: to read, holding the book on the weight or shaking the train/bus, very difficult and even harmful, but you can listen to everywhere and always — the main thing is to get headphones to not disturb others.
But, unfortunately, nothing is perfect, and audiobooks for children may be harmful. First, childrens audio books can completely discourage the child's desire for reading - having got used to listen "without straining", he practically completely will cease to read. The ability to perceive information by ear will be developed well, and with visual perception problems can begin.
Second, some parents mistakenly believe that audiobooks for children are able to compensate the lack of attention from parents. distract and occupy the child. Of course, the work takes a lot of time and effort, but can it be difficult to carve out half an hour a day and read to the child aloud before going to bed? If the child has to choose between the voice of the announcer and the voice of the mother - you can be sure, he will choose the mother.
Third, misuse of the headphones can lead to hearing loss. The best option — output sound to the speakers, but then others will have to listen to an audiobook together with the child. And so the parents give the child the headphones. With moderate use headphone no harm from them, but if too frequent use of headphones at high volume, a visit to the audiologist can not be avoided.
So is it worth to give your child listen to children's audio books or not? Of course, it is, but moderate quantities. Children's audiobook should not replace reading (both parents aloud and the child himself), and complement it. Do not use audiobooks as a way to get rid of the child. And if possible, let the child listen to audiobooks not through the headphones, but through the speakers; if you still use headphones, they should be of high quality.
You can try to kill two birds with one stone and to combine listening to an audiobook reading the book ordinary. So the child will perceive the information both by hearing and visually. This is especially useful if the child is experiencing difficulties with one of the types of perception of information - the second kind will be, as it were, "caught up". You can use this technique when studying foreign languages.