Monday, January 14, 2008
Caitlin enjoys reading very much and since acquiring the skills to read on her own, she's been reading almost anything she sees that has words - billboards, labels, signages, fine print on boxes (she knows now that some of her toys are made in China!), and of late, comics.
A New York Times article recently mentioned that comic strips as an 'alternative pathway to literacy' are catching on in the United States. It cited growing efforts in using comics to promote literacy after pilot programmes yielded promising results.
"Proponents of comics in the classroom say that they can lure struggling readers who may be intimidated by pages crammed with text. They also say that comics, with their visual cues and panel-by-panel sequencing, are uniquely situated to reinforce key elements of literacy, like story structure and tone."
One day, the attractive graphics and colours of my Archie comics caught Caitlin's eye and she picked one up to read....I don't think she cound really to relate to the American high-school Archie, Betty, Veronica and gang's antics but she sure did enjoy the funny things she saw and read about in there.
I've been looking out for more age-appropriate comics for her lately and discovered that they aren't in abundance over here. Some I've come across are the Winx Club, My Little Pony and Scooby Doo ones.