Follow With Your Finger When You Read Aloud

Remember your parents doing this when you were small? Turns out they knew what they were doing all along.

– While it is common knowledge that reading to children helps them learn to read, a recent study suggests that by pointing to the words being read and talking about print, children’s literacy development can be greatly enhanced.

The study published in the journal Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), was conducted to determine the effectiveness of teachers’ use of a print-referencing style during story time.

The results showed that preschool teachers can make very small adjustments in the way they read books aloud that make very large differences in children’s literacy development. In a study of 379 children, those who experienced a print-referencing style of reading had significantly higher print knowledge scores after only 30 weeks.

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