Teachers want audiobooks
There are several research studies that show reader comprehension of written material goes up substantially when accompanied by the audiobook. I gave a talk this morning to middle school teachers as part of a media literacy program, and when I mentioned this, suddenly there was a lot of interest in audiobooks.
When parents think of audiobooks, they’re usually thinking of something to keep the kids occupied. That means Harry Potter books on CD. But if you’re trying to teach them something AND keep them occupied, well, they’re not going to learn much from Harry (magic isn’t real, sorry to say.) BUT… if you have a print version, and have them listen to the audio version at the same time – they’ll be entertained, AND edumacated. As I discovered by listening to the audiobook – Hermione is pronounced “Her-mine-eee”. Why you’d name your daughter that, I have no idea.
The learning acceleration effect is most pronounced when a child has learning disabilities; however, even gifted children see an increase in reading volume as well as comphrehension.
Not only teachers, those of us who are parents owe it to our kids to introduce them to audiobooks. Libraries will loan them out for free. When you want a larger selection, you can go to a commercial audiobook source. Tell them Her-me-own sent you, see if they laugh like my daughter did when I tried to talk about my favourite character.