A ‘Million Word Gap’ for Kids Who Aren’t Read to at Home

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[Source: Psych Central]

Young children who are read five books a day from birth will begin kindergarten having heard about 1.4 million more words than kids who were never read to, according to a new study published in the Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics.

This “million word gap” could help explain the stark differences often seen in vocabulary and reading development among young children.

“Kids who hear more vocabulary words are going to be better prepared to see those words in print when they enter school,” said Jessica Logan, lead author of the study and assistant professor of educational studies at The Ohio State University. “They are likely to pick up reading skills more quickly and easily.”

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