Repetition Helps Reading

It may be boring for parents—but reading the same book over and over again to children is the best way to develop their vocabulary, say researchers at Sussex University.

Researchers at Sussex University have found that repetition is more likely to help them improve their reading skills. "What we think is happening with reading is that each time a child hears the book, they are picking up new information," said psychologist Dr Jessica Horst, who conducted the research. She added: "We know that children who watch the same television programme over and over again do better in comprehension tests afterwards." The researchers devised an experiment with three-year-olds in which they were exposed to two new words to test the theory.