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What will children think of when they hear a story? Will they try to retain what they hear? Memorize it, perhaps? Or will they create their own 'stories' from what they hear?
My children, when they listen to a story, remain attentive, in silence. Very still. Then they start asking questions. Perhaps in search of connections, explanations, answers. Now at last, we know what goes on in your brain.
A study conducted in the New York University by neurologists from Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center from the US, reveals curious facts about what happens in children's brains when they listen to a story. At that moment, certain areas of the brain are activated. How do they know? To find out, the scientists performed an MRI scan on each child who listened to a story through headphones.
The children who participated in the study were between 3 and 5 years old (preschool age). The researchers found that the children who read more to them at home had more developed certain areas of the brain than the children who hardly read stories. But what areas are these ?: those related to the semantic field and image formation.
The conclusions of this study are clear: reading to children at an early age contributes to the faster development of their ability to recognize language and especially their creativity, imagination and fantasy. But there is more:
- Improves language development.
- Increase and enrich the vocabulary of children.
- It is an engine for fantasy and creativity.
- It is a vehicle for the transmission of values.
- It is an excellent base that enhances your reading comprehension.
You see that reading aloud to your child has many benefits for him. Do not think that because you are small you will not understand what you hear. As you read, he imagines a story, creates his own 'illustrations' of the story in his mind. When you learn to read, you will have fewer difficulties, a richer vocabulary, and a greater ability to understand what you are reading.
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