To piggy-back on last week’s post about Reach Out and Read, here is an article from the New York Times that further supports our Early Literacy goals with new research. This research suggests that the part of the brain that is activated when children read on their own is likewise activated when they are read to:
“When kids are hearing stories, they’re imagining in their mind’s eye when they hear the story,” said Dr. Hutton. “For example, ‘The frog jumped over the log.’ I’ve seen a frog before, I’ve seen a log before, what does that look like?” Further, “it helps them understand what things look like, and may help them transition to books without pictures,” he said. “It will help them later be better readers because they’ve developed that part of the brain that helps them see what is going on in the story.”
So, if you need more excellent research to support your message transmission, here you go!