Reading is one of the most essential literacy skills. The foundation is laid when a toddler listens to the conversations made by people around and relates to the meaning of some. A year later when their listening skills are still growing, they take their first steps to read by identifying their favorite chocolate wrapper or their own name. The responsibility now comes to the facilitators and people around them to nurture the curious learners and channelize them in such a way that they feel motivated to take more steps towards reading. No one forces these steps upon them, but they take them on their own.
A strong foundation for reading development is laid when children are engaged in purposeful, meaningful language conversations, and early print activities. Thus, it is important to provide age-appropriate learning material, experiences, and encouragement along with early forms of reading. But how do we do that? Some children may like to engage in bedtime stories or do a puzzle game of letters with their parents, but not all of them. These experiences are definitely important, but how can parents create more curiosity among these early learners to further read.
Parents often find it a struggle to keep their children engaged in purposeful and meaningful activities. They are always in search of activities that are helpful, useful, and engaging. Also, keeping children away from the screen becomes a challenge.
Learning With Augmented Reality
Now imagine, what fun it would be to see your child read a book that teaches them the correct pronunciation of words, along with pictures that increase their vocabulary and in 4D. Such is the magic of augmented reality. We do have a lot of books, flashcards, storybooks available that are designed with the features of augmented reality. They come along with free apps that can be easily monitored by parents.
Children always feel curious and motivated to read things that look appealing to them. The AR books are a great way of engaging children both visually and orally. They can speak along with the programmed voice and practice their words. Learners can listen to a story, see beautiful animations, and answer questions related to the story. They can even read the story from the book or on their screen.
For young learners, interaction is a strong influence on learning. How fascinating will it be for children to see a book that has visual and auditory effects? While reading, the child can know more about things and also generate curiosity to read more about the topic. A pack of flashcards on animals would help the child examine the animal in its natural habitat from different angles, listen to its sound, and also know and read their name with the correct pronunciation. All this may seem to be magic but all this has been made possible through the use of augmented reality.
Children are curious learners. It is important not just to provide volumes of books or activities. It is equally important to make their books or learning material more interesting, useful, and something that generates eagerness in them.