Taking the Interactive Approach: Exploring Words across English Language
Ever wondered, how new words make their way into a child’s mind? Travelling and grandma’s stories, of course, are helpful in improving kids’ vocabulary. Still books, the most reliable and primary source of knowledge, have their own charming influence. Therefore, to improve vocabulary skills of your little ones, it is important to stir their inquisitive minds toward reading. Introducing kids to interactive books can certainly be an interesting and fun-filled approach in this regard.
Eric Mazur, eminent professor at Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, in one of his peer instruction sessions, highlighted the reaching importance of interactive learning for kids. Research has also revealed that interactive reading can increase your kid’s IQ level over six points and more.
The interactive books are conceptualized in a way that allows young learners to interact with the characters and make the reading process even more enthralling. The fact that moving images create more impact in a child’s mind than the static illustrations, books for toddlers are usually designed with animated gestures, special effects as well as sounds to make them appealing.
Below are some useful varieties of interactive books that you can pick to expand your kids’ word bank:
The earliest form of interactive books is considered to be a ‘volvelle’, which is a type of slide chart, a paper construction with rotating parts. It is considered an early example of paper analog computer that was used to display astrological and geographical maps. This is also considered a great technique to make kids learn new words and enrich their vocabulary at an early age.
The first pop-up books published in America were in the ‘Showman Series’ by the McLoughlin Brothers. These books were too expensive and fragile to be practical children's books. In the nineteenth century, invention of pop-ups opened the door for creation of various types of interactive books for children.
Coloring books and game books
Books of line drawings, which kids add color to, are considered one of the great sources of interactive books for children. Debuted in 1941, game books are much like traditional books, which offer readers decisions throughout the book. At each decision point, the reader is instructed to go to a particular page or paragraph to continue the story. This format was especially popular in the 1980s.
Many interactive books use technology to leave a greater impact on children with sound effects and animations. These books are also available in CD and DVD format.
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