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Parent Tip: Closed Caption

  • by Kelly Harmon & Randi Anderson
  • Jan. 4, 2017, 3:51 p.m.

Closed Caption on Your TV

One of the best ways to get your young children reading is to turn on the closed caption setting on your TV's. Brain research tells us that the brain will automatically look at the words on the screen. It's nearly impossible for the brain not to notice and want to read the words moving across the screen.

Even if your child cannot read any or all of the words yet, they are being exposed to important reading skills that include connecting what is being said to what is written. Ask your child what they think the words are. Model reading the closed caption as you watch the TV. Give it a try for a few weeks and see how your child responds.



Kelly Harmon and Randi Anderson

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