Apr 21

Fast Facts About Reading and Children’s Brain Development

Reading and brain development | www.whenigrowupbooks.comIn addition to promoting bonding between child and adult, reading to children promotes brain development:

  • Reading aloud to children helps stimulate brain development, yet only 50% of infants & toddlers are routinely read to by their parents.
  • Babies learn what is important to pay attention to by following the eye gaze of adults. Watching someone read books teaches infants that interaction around books is enjoyable and develops “print motivation”, an enjoyment of books and reading.
  • Stanford and Harvard studies show that after just 8 weeks of targeted practice, weak readers developed the brain activity patterns that resemble those of strong readers.
  • Babies whose parents frequently talk and read to them know 300 more words by age 2 than babies whose parents rarely speak to them.
  • Even reading children a simple nursery rhyme can help a baby’s brain begin to make sound differentiations and create phonemic awareness, an essential building block for reading readiness.
  • Children ages 3-10 have three times as many synapses as an adult; 50 trillion at birth and 100 trillion at 1 year, and repetition helps decide which connections are kept and which are pruned. Reading provides repetition of the alphabet, and site words, literally building a path for literacy and learning.

Leave a Reply