Bedtime stories may not teach reading

Nov 07, 2005

A new study shows that reading to toddlers is probably not teaching them how to read on their own.

While there are developmental benefits to story time, preschool children pay very little attention to the printed words on a page, the Toronto Globe and Mail reported.

To learn how to read, children must pay attention to the letters and recognize words, said University of Guelph psychology professor Mary Ann Evans. Her research, published in this month's issue of Psychological Science, found that preschoolers focused instead on the pictures.

Evans suggested that instead of simply reading a book to preschoolers, parents also point to letters in the book.

A previous study she conducted found that parents who read with their children, instead of to them, sped up development of reading skills later on in school, the newspaper said.

Copyright 2005 by United Press International

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itistoday
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I don't think anyone actually thought it did, at least my parents didn't. How could they when I would be laying down on the bed with my eyes to the ceiling? They read to me because they thought it would encourage my curiosity to want to learn how to read for myself, and it did. :-)

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