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Parent reading workshops can help low-income kids learn
by Lisa Rapaport
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19 January 2018
On 19 January 2018 Reuters reported:
Even in communities where many people lack a high school degree, reading workshops for parents can give their kids a leg up on learning in preschool, a study in Brazil suggests. Lots of research has shown that reading to young kids can help improve their language development and cognitive skills. But while programs teaching parents the best ways to read with young kids have proven effective in affluent areas, less is known about how well these interventions work for poor children whose parents have lower levels of education and literacy.
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'Because books contain language and ideas that are much more diverse and complex than typical speech to children, this increase in shared reading supported children's learning of new words and concepts as well as their ability to engage in more abstract thinking, which was reflected in tests of vocabulary, memory and IQ,' said lead study author Adriana Weisleder, a pediatrics researcher at New York University School of Medicine [in the United States].
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