Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Hearies can use Closed-captioning for reading!!

I laughed when I read this newsletter from my youngest daughter's school library. I wonder if the parents would use it for their HEARING kids to read the closed-captioning on t.v. while watching. My kids always read while watching T.V., and they read books. Their reading level on the standardized test was very high. So, I guess it explains that. In the short article, it says, Did you know your kids can improve their reading while watching t.v.? Go to the set-up menu on your sets and turn on the closed-captioning option. Then, as the dialogue happens, the kids can read along with it down below. Easy! Since I thought it was so cool, I decided to post it for you.


Anonymous said...

The parents can turn mute on and let the kids read while watching TV.


Becky said...

Hello Deb, my twin sons Todd and George always read the closed-captioning on the tv and the movies too. No matter what, if the closed-captioning is not on, they will turn the closed-captioning. I think the closed-captioning is helping all the kids to read to improve their reading levels.
Have a nice day. smile Becky

LaRonda said...

Yes. This is true. My son's teachers often advocate that the hearing children at their school can practice their reading skills by watching the closed captions on the TV. When my son was in 3rd grade, his teacher actually gave them points if they did this at home and parents initialed a paper to prove it. This is just another example of how the hearing community sees the value in these things for their own kids. They know that baby signs are a good thing for their hearing children. They know that reading captions helps increase literacy. It just makes you question groups who don't let Deaf children reap the same benefits. Hmmmm...

I once read a bumper sticker that was from the National Captioning Institute that said:

Read any good TV lately?

I thought it was cool. :)

~ LaRonda

Bill said...

My teenage girls always prefer to watch the movies with subtitles on.
(they use Spanish, if available too).

That's why I hope my blog on captioned trailers becomes useless and redundant. Every movie trailer should be captioned. They could have the cc button, like google does. What about people in a quiet place, like a library? or a loud place like the gym? or for anyone for whom English is not a first language?

It's way too easy to provide this, for there to be any excuse not to.

Captions are useful and relevant to all.

Sorry, side rant.

drmzz said...

Cool. I agree with Anon to have mute on to avoid habit of listening. I don't know if they can handle watching TV without sound thou.

kw said...

Yes--this IS funny. MY kids were early readers and good readers, and I had the old captioned box before everyone else had built-in captioning on their TV's. When my kids were growing up many programs were not captioned, but I was strict about TV. Mostly only allowed PBS and Disney videos which were captioned and some news-- which was always captioned. The boys liked watching sports. Also they could watch Nikolodeon-- the oldies. What a mean mom I was. hahaha! They all went to college.

Abbie said...

I agree! I was always a fast reader since I had that huge refridgerator size closed captioning box since I was 5 :)

You even learn lipreading that way believe it or not!

Anonymous said...

Good to hear that the insurance is covering to fix and paint the Tami's car. Yay! How nice of Ron, your brother to start working on her car. :)

Yesterday I got a note from Liana's teacher, informing me that Liana is

only one in the first grade have excellent knowledge in vocabulary and
reading skills so that is why she's participating the 3rd grade
bee tomorrow morning at school. Really, I am not surprised since both
my girls were early readers and good readers due to their habit in
reading the closed-captioned on t.v. as well as open-captioned on DVD
movies on laptop or desktop computer. Closed-captioned is very useful
tool for the kids even hearing kids. Funny, last night Cheyenne told me

that she was jealous of her little sister when heard that Liana
participating the 3rd grade for spelling bee. I quickly reminded her by

showing her spelling bee award that she won in the first place last
year, hanging on the wall and that made Cheyenne quiet. Obviously that
she forgot about that! Ha ha.


Deaf Pixie said...

Lilly's former teacher, Susan asked me how did Lilly learn the reading. I said I think it was close captions. I explained her that Lilly was not able to talk the vocubulary before she come. She learn from Disabities kids with any of disabity. I think she learn fast when she was 2.5 yr old before went to pre-school. Susan stunned and say what?

My older sister, Babs and I took my girl to mall. Lilly point and say (name of store blah blah). Babs turn around and how old you are now, Lilly? Lilly signed 3.
I told Babs, I think close captions did helped Lilly to read fast. Susan shocked.