As a parent or a caregiver, you likely spend time encouraging your child to read books to build their literacy skills and knowledge. At Calgary Reads, we are frequently asked how to encourage a child to read if they reject stories or chapter books. We also get asked if children can build their skills through the use of technology and e-Books.
While Calgary Reads will always be a proponent of the tactile and kinaesthetic experience of holding, seeing, smelling, and interacting with a print book, we recognize there is a place for technology, too.
Many studies have looked at the role and impact of digital books and e-Readers in children’s reading success. As you might imagine, the research varies. While there is a strong movement to limit children’s use of electronic devices and screen time in general, many tech-savvy parents still prefer and value print books for their children. Other studies indicate that children who read more than the average child will read anything, anywhere: books, cereal boxes, road signs, and electronic screens.
Like most things in life, balance is key. Encourage children to build their reading interest and skills through a variety of mediums, including print and e-Options. To expose your child to new vocabulary and more complex ideas, keep reading aloud together - even after your child learns how to read!
How many of these forms of print do you read with your children?
A few e-insights from recent research studies:
Calgary Reads innovates and inspires the reading revival, because we all have a role to play in creating a thriving community where children can read with confidence and joy! For videos, resources, and games to help build the joy of reading, visit calgaryreads.com.
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