Research Showing the Importance of Reading with Your Child During Formative Years

Maybe your work schedule is getting in the way of story time with your child before bed, or even weekends seem to not have any downtime between soccer practice and piano lessons. Here are some important facts about the benefits of reading with your children. Here is an excerpt from an article by The Conversation

“Research has typically found that shared reading experiences are highly beneficial for young people. Benefits of shared reading include facilitating enriched language exposure, fostering the development of listening skills, spelling, reading comprehension and vocabulary, and establishing essential foundational literacy skills. They are also valued as a shared social opportunity between parents and their children to foster positive attitudes toward reading.

When we read aloud to children it is also beneficial for their cognitive development, with parent-child reading activating brain areas related to narrative comprehension and mental imagery. While most of the research in this area focuses on young children, this does not mean that these benefits somehow disappear as children age.”

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Start with a feel good story by Donna Valentino. The story of two squirrels, brothers Morten and Gordon live on a farm and are loving it. Whether they are watching the farmer plant his crops or sampling them, they always seem to be living life to the fullest. One night, a storm comes and the brothers need to find shelter. Morten and Gordon scurry up to the farmer’s porch and seek refuge from the weather in his warm boots, staying safe and dry all night long.

With vibrantly colorful illustrations by Ann Pilicer, “Morten and Gordon” is sure to catch a child’s eye.


The rest of the article can be found here.

Grab a copy of “Morten and Gordon: Shelter from the Storm” on Kindle, Hardcover  here

 

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