Children to Read Using Comics
Comics offer an incredible source of humor and adventure for children and adults alike. Comics combine art and many types of grammatical and literal styles to communicate the author’s message to the readers. Contextually, these artistic creations contain a rich source of educative content for the readers. In this light, one of my friends came up with an ingenious method of using comics to educate young kids in a daycare setting.
The main trick is to use the humorous content contained in comics to attract the attention of children to study and also to motivate them to learn how to read so that they can understand the dialogue contained in comics. This method has proved very effective because children strive to understand the stories contained in the humorous stories contained in comics. Last year I visited my friend’s teaching facility and I was truly amazed.
The kids are really motivated on learning how to read and write, and even draw. Additionally, kids who have already mustered reading skills seek to explore other reading materials such as novels to expound their reading skills. After visiting my friend’s daycare, I decided to implement his method to motivate my young son to read using comics and it was highly successful.
A Disinterested Learner turns Around Courtesy of Comics
My seven year old son, Dave has had a tough childhood. The young kid suffered from a near fatal kidney infection when he was only five old. After battling the disease and winning the fight, the young boy suffered from a painful and persistent ear infection when he was six years old. The two ailments forced the young boy to stay out of school for a significant period of time.
After fully recovering from his ailments, the young boy resumed his studies but I noted that something was wrong. He was somehow frustrated by the fact that he was behind his classmates in terms of class work. His end term results indicated that something was wrong with the boy’s studies and that something had to be done urgently. After consulting with his teachers, I discovered that Dave had lost interest in schoolwork.
I observed his behavior at home and I quickly confirmed that the boy was very much disinterested in studying. That is when decided to pay my friend a visit and I learnt about the use of comics to motivate learning.
How Comics Can be Viewed as Effective Education Tools
As an avid fan of comics, I had no problem selecting suitable comics to use for my son’s motivational project. I selected the most interesting comics that were fit for a kid below the age of ten. I started explaining the stories to the young kid and he quickly became interested in the materials. After guiding him for sometime in studying the comics, I started leaving the boy alone to read the comics by himself.
He started complaining that he could not understand some of the stories because of his poor reading skills. That is when I knew that the game was on. I started teaching him how to use his classroom reading skills to comprehend and even research difficult terms using the dictionary and also through inquiry. The boy struggled at first but he quickly caught on. Without realizing it, the boy became interested in reading again. He also developed a huge interest in research and in learning everything new.
Amazingly, he started showing an interest in creative drawing and he started drawing some amazing characters from his comics. His teachers were amazed with my transformative feat and I shared the secret. Comics are a very effective tool for motivating children to indulge and even enjoy learning. This method has been applied to other students in my son’s school with amazing results. It all shows that comics offer educative content in addition to amazing humor.