We believe in the value of transparency at BeGood Inc. which is why we have made available academic research that shows that talking to kids matters + reaching to kids matters = interacting with kids matters! What we have found is that some kids get lots of language experience, some get very little, and this has consequences for language, cognitive, and academic outcomes (Hart & Risley 2003)*.
- Hargrave & Senechal, A Book Reading Intervention with Preschool Children Who Have Limited Vocabularies: The Benefits of Regular Reading and Dialogic Reading, (2000)
BeGood Summary: While any reading is better than no reading at all, research from the Early Childhood Research Quarterly indicates that children with poor vocabulary skills improve more rapidly in language with interactive, dialogic reading when compared to children who use a traditional, individual reading style.
- Parrish & Morris et. Al., Once Upon a Time: Parent–Child Dialogue and Storybook Reading in the Electronic Era, (2013)
BeGood Summary: The Parrish & Morris et. Al. study was done to examine differences in children’s learning when using electronic console books versus traditional books. Results from the Parrish & Morris et. Al. study suggests that extensive reading comprehension skills and story-detail retention are diminished in 3-year-olds who read with electronic console books versus traditional dialogic reading.
- Richman & Colombo, Joint Book Reading in the Second Year and Vocabulary Outcomes
BeGood Summary: In their study, Richman and Colombo used extensive quantitative data to elaborate on the positive effects of joint book reading (JBR) and parent-child interactions on children. The results affirmed the widely assumed notion that JBR promotes language, literacy, and intellectual development in children. The study goes on to illustrate that JBR, both on a regular routine and an irregular routine, makes significant contributions to the prediction of expressive vocabulary.
- Weisleder & Fernald, Talking to Children Matters: Early Language Experience Strengthens Processing and Builds Vocabulary
BeGood Summary: Weisleder & Fernald provide evidence which suggests that there is a positive correlation between an infant’s future vocabulary and language processing skills and the breadth of the vocabulary of caregiver’s child-directed speech.
Family Hour Benefits:
In an increasingly connected and digital world it has become so easy to put a screen in front of kids for everything from reading to games. However, research published in the Journal of Pediatrics has suggested young children may benefit from “a designated family hour” of quality time spent with relatives – without any television and mobile devices being involved.
* Research from Hart, Betty; Risley, Todd Meaningful Differences in Everyday Experiences of Young American Children, (1995) Brookes Publishing