This is Your Child’s Brain on Reading
CNN recently reported on research that looked at young children who underwent brain scans while listening to a story. The research found that when parents read to their children, the difference not only shows in children’s behavior and academic performance, but it also shows in their brain activity.
The report explains that when young children were being read a story, a number of regions in the left part of the brain became active. These are the areas involved in understanding the meaning of words and concepts and also in memory, and the study shows that the development of this area starts at a very young age. The researchers also found that the brain activity in this region was higher among the children whose parents reported creating a more literacy-friendly home. Tzipi Horowitz-Kraus, program director of the Reading and Literacy Discover Center at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and one of the authors of the study is quoted as saying, “The more you read to your child the more you help the neurons in this region to grow and connect in a way that will benefit the child in the future in reading.”
Reading educators have long-known the positive affect that early reading to children has on developing their language skills and preparing them to learn to read and write once they enter school. This new research sheds some light on what is actually happening in the brain to make this happen.
Here are a few of my past blog entries that are related to this topic: