Reading and Brain Development

A new study by the American Academy of Pediatrics shows that reading daily to young children, starting in infancy, can help with language acquisition and literacy skills. But, the report says, many children are missing out.  Last night, PBS NewsHour ran a segment that looked at the study and the benefits of reading aloud to young children.  With our growing ability to see into the workings of the brain, its development is gaining prominence in our understanding of how humans learn.  Last night’s piece considered the benefits of reading to brain development as Jeffrey Brown took a closer look at the consequences and opportunities to improve with lead author of the study, Dr. Pamela High of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

You can view last night’s PBS NewsHour segment and also discover many classroom resources that use PBS Newshour’s incisive, in depth reporting.  You’ll also find these resources by going to our blog’s Links to Learning at the top of this page.

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