Christine Bartsch: The other day, my 4-year-old nephew Ian asked if he could read me a book. I thought meant he wanted me to read him a book, but Ian pulled a book off his shelf and started reading it to me. I was a bit surprised, but I figured it must be one of his favorites. He'd just memorized it well enough to seem like he was reading.
My sister said the book was new -- she hadn't even read it to him yet. Well, that floored me, but I was still doubtful Ian could really read already. Parents do like to brag about their kids, right?
However, my sister said she'd done nothing to try and teach him to read. One day, Ian just started reading books on his own.
Hmm. I was having a hard time believing he truly could. I was tempted to run down to the bookstore for some books I knew he'd never seen before, but then another thought struck me.
Karaoke. We switched it on and handed Ian the mic.
"We will, we will rock you!"
The verses went a little fast for him to completely keep up, but he was still able to sing the majority of a song he'd never heard before.
Wow. Ian really did teach himself how to read.
That got me thinking ... Kids love music. Karaoke requires reading. Why don't we have an educational form of karaoke in the lower grades as a fun way for kids to practice reading?
Do you think karaoke in kindergarten would help kids learn to read faster? What do you think?