My daughter is hooked on Audiobooks! We introduced the concept to her when she was 2 years old and has become an all-time favorite ever since.
I discovered Audiobooks when I worked at a good friends' Audiobook store. During my time there, I've chronicled outstanding testimonials from members. Teachers and Parents swore on the power of Audiobooks. Some of them even went on to say that even their family physicians recommended Audiobooks to help enhance the reading skills of their kids! Parents whose kids were on the "Audiobook treatment" has reported siginificant improvement on their kids reading skills in a month or two of regular listening.
Too good to be true? Consider these noted benefits:
- Audio books allow children to hear correct pronunciation of words and how a reader should respond to punctuations.
- Another benefit of audio books for children is the use of many voices. Some books use different voices for each character. This allows children to learn to separate dialogue and understand written conversation.
- With audio books children learn to listen. The child will listen as the story is read and visualize the story. The use of imagination is paramount in creating independent readers. This is not an ability that you can teach your child in the traditional manner. That is one of the primary benefits of audio books for children. They will have no choice but to use their imagination and they will see how enjoyable it is. - excerpts from The Benefits of Audiobooks for Children
Ever since my daughter started with Audiobooks, her comprehension level and vocabulary including her grammatical skills have become impressive as noted and observed by other people who talks to her. Her speech is remarkable. She will start school soon and I'm thankful that Audiobooks has laid a viable foundation for her reading abilities.We maximized the experience by giving her this Sandisk Sansa Shaker MP3 player where we download her favorite music and Audiobook stories which she listens to while out of the home or on the road. What I like about this is that it has built-in speakers, so she's not ''plugged-in'' all the time.
If Audiobooks is something that will benefit you and your kids, GIVE IT A TRY! audible.com was most recommended by listeners. If you're in Charlotte NC, Audiobooks of the Carolinas is the ONLY place to go.
As for me, please excuse me, I need to issue yet another "disturbing the peace" citation to a 4 year old!
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