Daily Reading in a COVID-19 World

Shared reading has many benefits, including increasing your child’s interest in books, building the relationship between oral language and printed language, and promoting story comprehension. A recent study suggests that daily shared reading may be more important now than ever before.

A study released in September 2020 utilized data from kindergarteners’ reading scores over summer break to estimate the impact of COVID-19 school closures. Their model estimated that these children may have lost one-third of the reading skills they would have learned in school. The authors did acknowledge that this model does not account for the possible impact of remote learning on reading gains. The good news is, the Boston researchers also found that children who are read to daily during school closures experience less loss of reading skills.

While daily reading sounds simple and easy, the authors also expressed that the level of stress and challenges parents are facing may make daily reading difficult to achieve. The authors suggest having schools send home books, listening to audiobooks, and utilizing library digital resources. Therapists can also do their part by incorporating books into sessions.

 Along with reading books at home, below are free online options to incorporate literacy into everyday life.

Bao, X., Qu, H., Zhang, R., & Hogan, T. (2020). Modeling reading ability gain in kindergarten children during COVID-19 school closures. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17176371 [open access]

Get a Free Online Assessment

Looking for an expert opinion on your child's needs? Fill out a 3 minute questionnaire and receive a personal evaluation from our staff

By submitting this form, you are consenting to receive marketing emails from: Wee Speech, 8707 Skokie Blvd, Skokie, IL, 60077, https://weespeech.com. You can revoke your consent to receive emails at any time by using the SafeUnsubscribe® link, found at the bottom of every email. Emails are serviced by Constant Contact

Share Your Thoughts

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *