Developing a love of books and reading is one of the most exciting and rewarding journeys that you can share with your children. As well as being enjoyable we know that children who read for pleasure are likely to do significantly better at school than their classmates. A study from the Institute of Education found that this activity not only improves their vocabulary and spelling but also, perhaps surprisingly, their achievement in maths. It appears these children are able to learn and understand new information in all areas of the curriculum more easily.
Nursery World have recently reported on a study published in Frontiers in Developmental Psychology, which suggests that sleep after listening to a story promotes pre-school children’s learning of new words. The study shows that pre-school children who heard the same story several times before sleeping or even heard different stories before their naps, were able to learn new words and remember them. Those children who didn’t have the chance to sleep, struggled to remember the words and also never caught up with their peers on later word learning tests.