Repetition is more likely to help
children improve their reading skills, say researchers at Sussex University. Although
parents may find this boring but it has been proved that reading out the same
book to children is the best way to develop their vocabulary skills.
The researchers devised an experiment
wherein children aged 3years were exposed to two new words. One group of
children was read out three different stories in the week, while another group
was read out the same story with the new words over and over again. At the end
of the week it was found that children who were read out the same story were
better at recalling the two new words.
Dr. Jessica Horst, who was part of
the study said, "What we think is happening with reading is that each time
a child hears the book, they are picking up new information. We know that
children who watch the same television program over and over again do better in
comprehension tests afterwards." Finally the scientists have summarized that
it is not the number of books that one reads but it is the repetition of each
book which helps children learn better.