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Reading bedtime stories: are parents helping with vocabulary building?
Latest Science 09.12.2021 Reading time: 5 min

Reading bedtime stories: are parents helping with vocabulary building?

Reading stories to children plays a fundamental role in their acquisition of vocabulary. In “Timing story time to maximize children’s ability to retain new vocabulary”, an article published in the Journal of Experimental Child Psychology in 2021, a group of researchers at the University of York sought to verify to what extent children between the ages of five and seven learn new words when listening to their parents tell them stories. The study also sought to ascertain whether reading is particularly beneficial in the period prior to sleeping. They reach some interesting conclusions.


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