Your Tablet: Why Read eBooks With Your Child?

As the video above shows, children today are able to use new technologies, such as tablets, with amazing ease. As a result, these tools are quickly becoming the medium through which today’s kids are learning and interacting. However, many parents are still hesitant to use tablets as a medium through which children can learn and read . It does not help that games like Angry Birds and Tiny Village encourage kids to spend hours looking at a screen without gaining any educational benefits or skills. However, there are several progressive companies within children’s publishing that are striving to change this. These companies are coming up with innovative and new methods that allow children to connect to the story and digest information more easily than ever before.

Many eBooks include the following features to increase children’s interaction, knowledge, and learning:

Read Aloud:
For children who have just begun to learn how to read, reading on their own can be a daunting and difficult process. Pronunciation and flow of reading can be obstacles that discourage and frustrate many young children who are trying to read. While many early eBooks included beautiful illustrations that engaged children, they did not provide a read aloud feature that allowed children to have the story read to them.

Most children’s eBooks today offer the option for kids to read their book on their own or have it read aloud to them through the program itself. This option opens a lot of doors for young children who are learning how to read. Children now can not only learn new words, but hear how they are properly pronounced. The read aloud option helps both new and older readers alike. Younger readers can become more confident in their own reading ability by following the read aloud option while more experienced readers can test their skills by reading the book on their own and using the eBook features to help them if they need guidance.

Highlighting and Dictionary:
Whether their child is just starting to read or they are already an avid reader, many parents are concerned that their child does not understand the meaning of certain words in the text. This is a valid concern, because most children will not stop reading to find a definition of a word from another source. It simply takes too much time and interrupts the flow of their reading.

Children’s eBooks are striving to solve this problem. Many eBooks now allow a child to learn the definitions of words within seconds. By simply clicking and highlighting the word they do not know, children are provided with the pronunciation and definition of the word they have chosen. In this way, eBooks help expand children’s vocabulary and also allow them to have a better understanding of what they are reading

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3 comments
Wesley Foldessy
Wesley Foldessy

I absolutely agree with this article save for the fact that playing games like Angry Birds and Tiny Village provide no skill building techniques.. Though they may not the most educational of options, they do provide both problem solving skills and hand and eye coordination. However, spending too many countless hours can prevent a child from learning key social skills but, as always, the responsibility lies with the parent.

christineDes
christineDes moderator

@Wesley Foldessy A very good point, Wesley. It is particularly important that parents are tooled with enough information to be a gatekeeper for which activities are most supportive of kids' development, including finding a healthy balance between educationally-focused activities and those that are more play-focused.

Wesley Foldessy
Wesley Foldessy

@christineDes @Wesley Foldessy In an ideal world, every parent would either care enough or have enough time to arm themselves with the facts that would allow them to act as gatekeeper. Unfortunately people will do what they want to, which makes us both free and stupid.