Article for Dwarven Tavern, www.dwarventavren.net, authored by Dr. Lisa Goins. Dr. Goins is the co-author of "Ideas and newly released “CEO Business Objectives: Health, Wealth, and Success”. Dwarven Tavern is on Facebook, Google +, Twitter, LinkedIn, and YouTube
WANTED! Thief steals sound!
Reading is very important to children. It teaches information, education, culture, and eye movement coordination. It can be the difference in a child can test and move on in a grade as well. Here is a real life suggestion that I did that enabled my children to read well and do well in school.
Televisions have close captions.
1. Turn on the close caption.
2. Turn off the sound.
The story goes like this. I did this in my home. I would turn on the cartoons and then the close caption would kick in. If the kids wanted to know what was going on they had to read. The older siblings would read to the younger, often getting corrected or disgruntled that the close caption typist incorrectly typed a word now and then. I could hear them in the room without all the excessive sounds from the television. Eventually the kids did not notice that there was sound missing.
Then friends arrived. They wanted to know why the television sound was broke and how the kids knew what was going on. The kids taught their friends about close caption. But the word spread that Mrs. Goins’ television sound was stolen by a thief! At school, the parents asked me about it and I explained. Soon, the thief was stealing sound from all over. One child exclaimed they were going to grandma’s to hear the television but soon grandma’s sound was stolen too! Things were getting bad and the Principal asked me one day if I needed help purchasing a new television. I did have four children, you know. I smiled and explained about the sound thief stealing the sound in the community. The Principal smile. Soon the sound thief had hit the school too!
By the end of the school year, the award ceremony had arrived. The sound thief was most likely living on an island with the bounty and the kids had forgotten all about the need for sound. The Principal then began handing out awards for reading. Reading awards were going out over and over to students. Parents beamed as they watched their children getting awarded for their reading skills. The Principal exclaimed that percentages of reading scores had gone up for everyone and the school was one of the top reading groups in the city.
And the thief that stole the sound? Still wanted but not expected to be caught anytime soon.