Read A Book; Watch The Movie And Inspire Discussion

A school break can be an ideal time to read more books and watch more movies-and if you coordinate this kind of fun into a family activity, there may be far more benefits for your children than what first meets the eye.

“Watching a movie gives children and adults an opportunity to discuss the content together, covering its events, dilemmas and moral implications,” says Dr. Andrea Pastorok, educational psychologist for Kumon Math and Reading Centers. “Moreover, reading a book based on a movie provides opportunities to revisit the tale in another format. This combination sharpens boh comprehension and decoding abilities, two of the most important skills for future academics and for life.”

Reading the book first is recommended so that children use their imagination to bring the story, characters and scenes alive. On the other hand, the movie may spark a child’s interest to read the book, so a little parental flexibility on this could achieve the same goal.

Most story lines contain conflicts or problems. Dr. Pastorok recommends using them as points of discussion with your child. “Talk about the conflict of the various characters by asking: ‘How would you handle that dilemma?’ Also, ask your child which version of the story he or she likes best, and why,” she says.

Dr. Pastorok also suggests choosing titles from Kumon’s Recommended Reading List, which pairs some of the most popular books with their corresponding movies:

• “Charlotte’s Web”

• “Jumanji”

• “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”

• “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe”

• “The Wizard of Oz”

• “Pippi Longstocking”

• “Alice in Wonderland”

• “The Secret Garden”

• “A Wrinkle in Time”

• “Clifford the Big Red Dog”

• “Curious George”

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Audio Books – 5 Frequently Asked Questions

My friends and colleagues consider me as the audio books expert. They tell their friends that they know an audio books expert and the outcome is that I keep getting dozens of audio books questions and inquiries each day. I have decided to gather the most frequently asked questions for everyone’s benefit.

Here are the top five frequently asked questions about audio books (and the answers of course):

1. Are there free audio books? How do I get them?

In one word: NO. In two words: Not exactly. Depends of the type of audio book you are looking for (downloadable audio book are cheaper than the other types), and the audio book title (new audio books cost more), you could find low cost audio books.

I believe that one should pay for each product or service he gets. Yet, you could find free audio books mostly by signing up for the free trials most of the online audio book services give you.

2. What is better – Audio books rental or audio books buying?

I personally prefer audio books rental. Mostly because of the price – I read a lot of audio books and it will simply cost too much to buy them all. However, audio books that I really like, Ones that I want to listen to time after time, I buy and keep them on my audio books library.

Yet, I have friends who are more possessive – they are not willing to rent audio books and they must hold a remarkable huge audio book library.

3. What do you suggest – downloadable audio books, audio books on CD or books on tape?

Well, that’s a tough question. Basically, I believe that the most worthy audio books format nowadays is downloadable audio books. You must own a media player (e.g. Ipod) to listen to it. Yet, it costs less than the others and has a better quality.

However, the widest collection of audio books could be found on the audio books on CD format. If you want to listen to old books you will find them only on CDs.

I do not recommend getting books on tape (also known as audio books on cassettes). They are expensive, low quality and not user friendly.

4. When can I read audio books?

The answer is – Anytime and anywhere. Here are a few examples: While cooking, cleaning the house, exercising, running, walking, driving, flying, before going to sleep, commuting, working etc.

5. Are audio books expensive?

Audio books are not expensive at all. In fact, Downloadable audio books are very cheap – they cost much less than real books and renting them is the most worthy deal. Audio books on CD cost about the same as real books and books on tape are the most expensive ones.

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