A Revelation at Supercuts to Keep ‘Em Reading!

cc hairAfter years of attempting to wrangle my unmanageable curly hair, I chopped it off. Short. Well, I didn’t chop it off, I actually sat in a chair and paid someone to do it. But, point being, for the past two or so years, it has been shorter than my son’s haircut, and so far, I’m satisfied. Happy, even. It is much cooler and much easier.

The only downside is how often I now find myself at Supercuts. When your hair is long, you can go weeks, months, even, without a cut or trim. Plop it up into a ponytail, you’re good to go. Shorter hair, as it starts to grow out, looks sloppy. Also, I’ve discovered that my neck will get itchy as this short hair grows out a bit.

So, yes, I amble on over to Supercuts, since I’m all about keeping things easy. There is one within walking distance from my house and there I found myself, sitting in the front of the store, waiting for my name to be called.

The TV was on and – thankfully – the volume turned down. Perhaps because the volume was so low or perhaps because (like me) the person responsible for the television doesn’t really know how to operate it, but the closed captioning was on.

You know what I mean, right? The words at the bottom of the screen appear? For those who may be hard of hearing, they can read the closed captioning text and still know what is being spoken, sung, yelled, or announced.

It’s like I just can’t get out of librarian mode. But, the thought struck me – what a great idea for some reading practice! Turn on the closed captioning!

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Honestly. Do not understand what is going on, here.

Before you get all upset, you have to realize I am in no way suggesting that one would replace actual book reading with closed-captioning TV reading. C’mon, now. But, I am saying that it could be just one of many tricks to get kiddos, especially reluctant readers, to read a little bit.

So, I looked it up online. I admit it – I don’t know how to operate my own television. The hubs and the kids have games and X-boxes and cords and wires and tons of buttons and about four remotes. Oh, all the remotes. Just pass me a book, instead, thanks. But, even I think I can manage figuring out how to turn on/off the closed captioning. Netflix, the different cable providers, they all have the option!

Of course, it is easy to ignore the text as you watch the TV. And yes, there is no guarantee that your child will be anything other than annoyed with the closed captioning. But, as I sat there waiting for my hair cut, I couldn’t help but think that maybe it’d be worth a shot. For me, reading the closed captioning was unavoidable. No matter how hard I tried to focus on the (terrible daytime) show, my eyes simply could not resist looking down and reading in tandem with watching.

Sometimes, the closed captioning doesn’t exactly match to the audio. Some kiddos wouldn’t much care or notice, but – and you know who I’m talking about – some children would love nothing more than to point out the inaccuracies.

Just another idea from this crazy, dog-loving, book-reading, can’t-operate-a-TV, short-haired librarian to keep reading,


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    1. I love it. It makes so much sense. Audio books, too, when played while also reading along with the book, can really boost readers. Thanks for sharing this awesome article! (and thanks for reading, too!)

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