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Get to the Point!

August 15, 2012

Photo: Alamy, The Telegraph

By Julia Rogers

It’s well established that reading to your child from birth enhances their future literacy, but a recent Ohio State University study finds that how you read could further promote their comprehension.

According to The Atlantic, the study focused on 300 preschool children from low-income families who were considered at-risk for growing up with low literacy skills.

In the study, the children were divided into three groups. In Group A, teachers read to children four times per week and made particular effort to reference the print by pointing. Group B’s teachers also made references to the printed text while reading aloud, but only met twice a week. Group C met four times per week, but teachers were not instructed to make references to the printed text.

The study tested these children one and two years later and found that the students from Group A excelled in reading, spelling, and word comprehension over the students in the other two groups.

Why? Researchers believe that teachers who make frequent references to print help children “crack the code” of reading earlier. Pointing to words while saying them, having a finger follow the page from right to left, and mentioning punctuation all help build the foundation children require to become strong readers.

So next time you are enjoying a good book with your student, child, niece or nephew, remember to exercise that pointing finger!

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. Karen permalink
    August 15, 2012 7:57 pm

    I read something about that also- that it is helpful to point out the words you are reading. Thanks for reminding me.

  2. Kasha Godleski permalink
    September 13, 2012 2:04 pm

    I am going to try that tonight when reading with my kids. Thanks for the tip!

  3. September 13, 2012 2:15 pm

    Your welcome Kasha! Let us know how it goes! – Julia

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