Learning to read is an exciting and challenging task. The Village Tutors have helped students across the spectrum overcome these challenges by introducing audio books. Research has proven that audio books are an essential part of the learning process for young students who struggle with reading - and an easy tool for parents to implement at home.
Decoding can be very effortful for students - with just the first step of determining what the word in front of them is. As a result, we often see children read without expression because they are not comprehending what they are reading. For example, a student may read the sentence “the fire trucks screamed down the street” instead of “the fire trucks screamed down the street” - because they just want to get through the sentence. This significantly impacts their comprehension because they don't understand the expression behind the words. Audio learning helps to break down these barriers while making learning more effective and enjoyable:
Memorization Ability: Students who are struggling with reading comprehension are often strong auditory learners. They can easily memorize lyrics and sounds from songs and can even comprehend an audio book that is one or two grade levels above their current reading level.
Vocabulary Support: Audio books expand vocabulary and improve fluency as words can be introduced to students in content with expression.
Confidence Building: Audio books build confidence, independence and a desire to read. Listening takes the pressure, anxiety and struggle out of decoding, allowing students to better enjoy the process of learning.
It’s been proven that 85% of our knowledge comes from listening. Whether listening to an audio book, podcast or to a parent reading aloud - these strengthen a student's imagination, visualization and critical thinking skills - and as an added bonus...they can be a wonderful bonding activity for you and your child.
The Village Tutors are here to offer guidance and support for your student as well as helping parents with tools to support your kids at home. Contact our team today.
“Hearing someone else read has the amazing possibility of sparking creativity and interest, while offering a chance to work on comprehension without the battle of decoding text…
When readers can develop the background knowledge [of a story], this allows them to use their imagination.” (Cited by an article by ‘The Yale Center for Dyslexia & Creativity’.)