Parents & Educators
How Comics Promote Learning
Creating art and telling stories is hugely important in children’s development.
- Telling stories encourages communication and sharing, builds self-confidence and a sense of achievement.
- Gives an avenue to express thoughts and feelings.
- Encourages children to explore different ways of being and the consequences of actions.
- Develops the ability to sequence information and communicate intelligibly.
- Builds empathy and a concept of the emotional lives of others.
- Children are creating and engaging in life first-hand, rather than passively receiving entertainment from TV and video games.
Comics in particular is a uniquely powerful medium for engaging with children.
- Comics is an excellent tool for promoting literacy – it develops reading skills, builds confidence and encourages reluctant readers.
- The visual and symbolic language of comics helps develop visual literacy. This is increasing essential in our modern visual culture.
- As a representation of a series of moments, comics is the closest medium to the way we think – closer even than the continuous stream of film or TV. This may be one reason why it is so immediately accessible to young minds.
- Comics are fun and exciting – children learn without realizing it!
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