As parents know all too well, children love to re-read their favourite books over and over again.
While this may feel painfully repetitive to adults, there is something in the text that is bringing children back time after time.
Children benefit greatly from re-reading as they learn the rhyming or predictable pattern of the text – rather than spending that time trying to understand what the book’s about.
Research shows that repeated reading of favourite books can boost vocabulary by up to 40%.
But this is only truly beneficial when the text is read aloud.
Research shows that when preschool children are frequently read to, their brain areas supporting comprehension and mental imagery are highly engaged. Studies show that this helps with the development of reading skills, such as word recognition, when they start to learn to read.
By assisting our children to develop these skills, we’re ensuring that they know that text conveys a message, and to read on for more information when they get stuck on a word.
And it’s never too early to start reading aloud to your children. Australian author and literacy studies professor Mem Fox says reading to children from birth can help develop a love for and understanding of books.
Need more convincing? Here are five ways that reading aloud can benefit your child: