LISTENING AND OTHER SKILLS

The Benefits of Children’s Audio Books

By Jeannie Warner

 

There is a stigma that parents who let their children listen to audio books are depriving them of one thing or another. Whether it’s bonding time with their children or taking away the joy of reading, it’s just not true. Using audio books with your young child may very well be increasing a number of their developing skills. Here are a few reasons children’s audio books are a great learning tool.

Not all parents are the greatest readers. When children are toddlers, parents often read books to them near bedtime. Audio books use professional actors to record their story. Their voices are often smoother, softer and have more passion for the story. Parents spend so much time with work, their families and household chores that they can usually be wiped out and tired come reading time. If children are listening to someone read the story with enthusiasm, they’re more likely to respond to the story better.

A well-composed audio book will have a musical score and sound effects appropriate to the storyline. This will grasp a child’s attention and help them to visualize the story better, thus improving their creativity. They will hear words being pronounced correctly, and their vocabularies will start to blossom. Parents are quick to cast away audio books, but not realize that a lot of popular children’s toys talk and play music just like these books do; yet parents will continue to purchase these items.

 Using audio books while on travel is a great idea. It’s better than putting a non-educational DVD in while on the road. It can become a family affair. The book can be paused, and the whole family can discuss what they think may happen next, or how they feel about particular characters. This will polish the child’s conversational skills and prove to be a great learning experience for the child. It also helps to bring families closer together.

As the children grow up listening to audio books, they’ll come to understand that they can read more stories by the same authors if they’re interested. Children who see movies or television shows they like will often buy books based off of their favorite characters. Audio books work the same way. The children will want to continue enjoying their favorite characters and authors. If anything, children’s audio books promote reading.

It’s important to develop listening skills in children at an early age. Audio books for children teach them that skill. Children know that they must remain attentive to hear the full story, and that’s important for them once they begin school. Learning to listen as toddlers through audio books will help polish their attentiveness for later in life.

Using audio books while on travel is a great idea. It’s better than putting a non-educational DVD in while on the road. It can become a family affair. The book can be paused, and the whole family can discuss what they think may happen next, or how they feel about particular characters. This will polish the child’s conversational skills and prove to be a great learning experience for the child. It also helps to bring families closer together.

So parents should think twice before tossing the idea of children’s audio books aside. There are so many great benefits children can gain from listening to these stories. They’ll gain valuable thinking, listening and conversational skills that will help them in life for many years to come.

 

*Using audio books with your young child may very well be increasing a number of their developing skills.

*It’s important to develop listening skills in children at an early age. Audio books for children teach them that skill. Children know that they must remain attentive to hear the full story, and that’s important for them once they begin school. Learning to listen as toddlers through audio books will help polish their attentiveness for later in life.

Using audio books while on travel is a great idea. It’s better than putting a non-educational DVD in while on the road. It can become a family affair. The book can be paused, and the whole family can discuss what they think may happen next, or how they feel about particular characters. This will polish the child’s conversational skills and prove to be a great learning experience for the child. It also helps to bring families closer together.