LIT­TLE Book­worms

Mother & Baby (Australia) - - The Buzz -

Not only does a bed­time story help ce­ment a sleep rou­tine but, as a Vic­to­rian study has found, read­ing to your lit­tle one be­fore he’s six months old can also kick­start his lin­guis­tic abil­ity. Re­searchers from the Univer­sity of Mel­bourne found that chil­dren who are read to ear­lier show greater rhyming abil­ity, ver­bal com­pre­hen­sion and con­cept for­ma­tion. “Pas­sive lis­ten­ing and non-ver­bal com­mu­ni­ca­tion are a child’s first steps to­wards be­com­ing an ac­tive talker,” says lead re­searcher Frank Nik­las. “Ex­po­sure to books sup­ports vo­cab­u­lary ac­qui­si­tion as books typ­i­cally con­tain more com­plex vo­cab­u­lary than com­mon us­age vo­cab­u­lary.”

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