I have no less than 20 two or three minute videos of Immy on my iPhone from this past week. She is fascinated by the idea of performing for the camera and seeing herself played back on the screen. “Did you take the video?” and “Can I see now?” have become common requests.
Initially she was all about singing and dancing for the camera but then she started talking to the camera – retelling her favourite stories, including her current movie obsession, Tangled (can I say how much I dislike that the movie starts, “This is the story of how I died!”), explaining ideas and recounting adventures. Video is turning out to be a very useful verbal literacy learning tool.
7 Ideas for using video as a literacy tool with children
1. Ask a series of simple interview questions about an event, excursion, or just their regular everyday to develop their ability to recall past events and to encourage them to talk about people, places, experiences, feelings and emotions.
2. Use questioning (where necessary) to support your child’s retelling of a favourite story. Simple props like a felt/flannel board and felt board pieces may help to focus their attention.
3. Record a puppet show.
4. Record moments of the everyday, as they play or go about routine tasks. Watching will provide wonderful insight into how even very young children communicate.
5. Children in middle primary school and up can be involved in filming and editing their own videos. Set a project topic such as “our holiday” or “our year as a family” – which is also perfect as a Christmas gift for extended family.
6. Watch previously recorded videos together, your child is sure to be fascinated by, and talk and laugh their way through their own home movies, especially those from when they were much younger.
7. Be patient with toddlers and preschoolers. Initially they might want to see what you have recorded before you have filmed very much but as they get used to the idea, their ‘performances’ will generally increase in length.
Do you use video with your children?