Why Books Are Better than e-Books for Children

An article in relation to old methods vs. technology with the difference between books and e-books and how children’s reading is better when read to by a parents as the parent interacts with the child while reading as well allows the child to understand the book more clearly listening to their parents and can understand it more. Compared with an e-reader that reads to the child.

  •  The answer, according to Lisa Guernsey of the New America Foundation’s Early Education Initiative, is that when we read with a child on an e-reader, we may actually impede our child’s ability to learn.
  • Ms. Guernsey interpreted recent research on childhood literacy for Time magazine, and found that parents interact differently with children over an e-reader than over a physical book.
  • That difference may make children slower to read and comprehend a story.
  • Children sitting with a parent while an e-reader reads to them understand significantly less of what’s read than those hearing a parent read
  • Researchers at Temple University, where the study was done, noted that parents reading books aloud regularly asked children questions about the book: “What do you think will happen next?” Parents sitting with the child while a device read to them (like a LeapPad or some iPad apps) didn’t ask these questions, or relate images or incidents in the book to the child’s real life.
  • Children whose parents talk to them about what they’re reading gain reading skills faster, but children reading with parents from digital rather than physical books aren’t getting as much of that kind of interaction.

 

http://parenting.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/12/28/why-books-are-better-than-e-books-for-children/

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