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Let Your Kids Read The Same Book Over And Over Again! It Makes Them Smarter
  • Parents are aware that reading to their child starting at a young age brings many positive benefits — including enhancing their vocabulary and literacy skills, as well as developing their imagination and discipline. But if you have a toddler, you also know how frustrating it can be when your little one asks you to read the same book over and over again.


    Of course, you probably feel a little guilty for feeling that way — it’s all part of raising a reader, after all. Before you go crazy from reading the same titles, think of it this way: repetition helps your child learn faster and it makes them smarter, too!

    “Research suggests that it’s not the number of books, but the repetition of each book that leads to greater learning,” says Dr. Jessica Horst, a psychologist from the University of Sussex who led a study that shows repetition is good for children’s brains.

    According to Horst, when small children are given new information, they can only grasp bits and pieces at a time. Through repetition, they are able to process new facets of the same information, which helps them master it quickly.

    Does reading the same book repeatedly help brain development?

    Reading the same book lets them learn words faster. “There’s no question that reading helps to develop children’s vocabulary, but [research shows that] children learn more vocabulary from that repeated reading and repetition,” says Joanne Cummings, a Toronto-based clinical child psychologist, to Today’s Parent. “Repetition leads to mastery, predictability and a sense of confidence.”


    Repetition can also improve brain function such as information retention or memory building. It also helps hone children’s skills, including critical thinking and the ability to problem-solve — every time they repeat a task, they learn something new and it might even encourage them to modify an action just to see what difference it makes.

    Lastly, reading the same book — where your child already knows what will happen next — makes her feel more secure. "Repetition is also comforting for your toddler. She wants you to read the story over and over because she can predict what's going to happen next. This gives your toddler a feeling of security and structure," explains pediatric speech and language therapist Sunita Shah to BabyCenter.

    “There is a magic to some books that you do not understand,” adds Vanessa Bicomong, director of the Learning Library, on the fourth episode of SmartParenting.com.ph’s How Po online webinar titled “Become Your Child’s Best Teacher! How To Do Preschool At Home.”

    She encourages parents to just follow their children’s lead. “It’s important that you enjoy it — babasahin ninyo rin yan every night. Please have patience. It’s better than them not wanting to read,” she shares.


    Is there a right age for kids to start reading by themselves? Click here for ways to encourage them.

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