Last year, Sophie E. Williams and Jessica S. Horst from the School of Psychology at the University of Sussex in the UK undertook a study of forty-eight three-year-olds and found that:
Napping or sleeping after reading boosts toddlers’ word learning and consolidation.
And, reading the same storybook repeatedly helps preschool children learn more words.
While previous studies had already demonstrated the benefits of sleep for older kids and adults, Williams and Horst have now tested this for preschoolers. And their findings back up the results of other studies about re-reading.
They also found that kids enjoyed re-reading books:
‘After all of the stories were read, we asked all children “how much did you enjoy reading all three stories today?”
Over 80% of the children who heard the same story repeatedly answered they liked the shared reading time “a lot,”
compared to only 33% of the children who had spent the same amount of time reading, but heard different stories. This has important educational implications because reading for pleasure is related to vocabulary level in later childhood .’
Another benefit of bedtime reading? The article also refers to studies which show that reading at bedtime can reduce the length of the bedtime routine! So parents can put their feet up and get to reading their own books sooner …
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For more on reading aloud:
Our article on why it’s important that dads are involved in reading aloud
Our article on truly great reading aloud and storytelling