Some kids are good readers but don’t really comprehend the material. Some researchers think these children cannot create a mental model or picture of what they are reading. Watching specific videos may be the answer to help your child imagine the mental images he needs to help him comprehend what he reads.
Make Good Use Of Your DVD Player
Does your child watch DVDs at home or in the car?
Video is a powerful way of providing the mental pictures that struggling students need. (They’re also an excellent way to reinforce images for those students who do comprehend what they read)
Try having your child watch these (5) five videos
Then, ask him what he viewed
Don’t hurry him
Help him find the right words (and expand his vocabulary) so he can tackle the next text with added confidence.
1) Dear America
Does your child love history?
“Dear America” is a video adaptation of a book series that allows your child to explore American history through the eyes of kids his age.
2) Families Of Korea
North Korea has been in the news a lot
This video focuses on the lives of two families: one that lives in the city and the other that lives on a farm
Ask your child about the similarities and differences that they see as they go through their school day and home life.
3) Royal Diaries
These videos were adapted from books
Your child can get a glimpse of life into the young lives of Cleopatra, Elizabeth I, and Isabel of Spain.
4) Mad Hot Ballroom
This is an excellent video that explores how perseverance, hopes, and hard work
The documentary tells the story of some New York City’s fifth-graders who reluctantly take ballroom dance classes and then find themselves competing in a citywide dance challenge
It’s a great story for kids to learn (and remember).
5) Winged Migration
In this film, your child will view spectacular visuals and learn about the migration of birds in easy-to-understand terms
The birds are tracked via airborne cameras over a three-year period.