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The use of electronic books is increasingly common in classrooms and also at home. Although it is also true that there is still much rejection to relegate the traditional book to the disaster drawer compared to the ebook. New studies speak of e-books can help children learn to read faster and, above all, the better the reading comprehension of what is read. How can this be? I'll tell you about it below!
A study published in the scientific journal Developmental Psychology concludes that children remember interactive animated e-books better than traditional reading versions. This research suggests that e-books could contribute to better learning to read and, more specifically, to the understanding of it.
The experiment was carried out with a total of 90 children from 3 to 5 years old. Three experiments were carried out, offering children an interactive e-book and three different traditional books: a blackboard book, a flip-flop book, and an animated static e-book (similar to a kindle).
The electronic book accompanied the children's reading with music and positive affirmations each time a child read a word well. The research found that the use of the interactive e-book significantly increased children's attention and recall.
The research does not aim to establish what type of book is better or worse, but to understand how e-books can help improve reading comprehension. In fact, as a conclusion, the researchers consider that animated e-books can be especially useful in children with 'less developed attention regulation'.
Erik Thiessen himself, a professor of psychology at Carnegie Mellon University and one of the study's co-authors, acknowledges in an interview for MIT Technology Review that 'while our e-book is useful, it is probably less useful than interacting with a human.' And it seems that the same research suggested that e-books were causing a turf war between parents and children.
Thiessen considers that still e-books have to be developed to avoid sources of distraction, such as pop-up buttons or mini-games. Thus, he reiterates to this source, parents who constantly interact with their children with traditional books lead to stronger readers.
It is clear that electronic books are here to stay, and the advantages they provide over traditional reading are beginning to be seen. Little by little, your costs are going down, so could become a useful tool in public libraries and schools. In addition, of course, the paper savings they represent is a bit more environmentally friendly.
As parents, this research can help us to have more confidence in the effectiveness of these types of books, although it is still too early to make the leap completely to them. Therefore, it is important that we try to strengthen our commitment to our children so that they become passionate readers capable of understanding human language.
It seems that an e-book can help your children pay more attention to reading, but of course it is not the only tool that we can use to get them to become fond of it. We give you some ideas:
- Set an example
If your children see you read, they will be curious about what you love to do so much. It is the fundamental premise for your children to read.
- Suggest a game after the story
You can help your child to read a story or, if he is more autonomous, ask him to read it alone. Then you can organize a fun activity around that story. For example, a small performance with the characters of the same.
- Establish a family reading time
Each member sits down to read their favorite story or book.
- Read aloud together
In this way, reading will become a hobby with mom or dad.
- Do not restrict their tastes in reading
It is not about reading a particular story or book, but about learning to enjoy reading. If your son or daughter prefers to read a motorcycle magazine to a book, let them. Of course, as long as they are appropriate for their age.
- Take him to the library
Let her choose the story that most catches her eye and allow her time to skim through several before choosing. It is also good, as the study carried out by the International University of La Rioja on how to motivate and encourage reading in second-grade students, says that within the educational centers themselves there is a library and that students can access her freely.
- If he cannot read yet, let him imagine that he does
Allow him to take a book, open it, and make up what he says. This helps spark your imagination.
- Do not force, encourage
If the child doesn't like to read, you don't have to force him to do it, but you can encourage him: 'If you read for fifteen minutes, then we can go to the park together.' Of course, if he still does not accept the incentive, do not get angry, just be patient and re-incentivize him another time.
- Don't constantly correct
When reading aloud together, limit your corrections to one or two words a day. Let him be wrong, little by little he will learn. If you correct him too much, he might get discouraged.
- Leave the books at hand
Children need to be able to easily locate books. If they are on a shelf high up in the room, they will never notice them.
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