Crack open a book and it can sweep you away to fascinating new places all over the globe (and some that exist only in the author’s mind).
Turn that page to figure out something you never knew until today.
Read the next sentence, and see a new word leaping out at you.
Whether it is a best-selling fiction novel, a popular self-help book, a cookbook full of delicious recipes, or even the latest issue of your favourite magazine, each page fills your head with knowledge and facts, both obscure and ordinary.
Numerous studies have been conducted on the importance of reading in everyday life. Special research highlights a crucial fact–reading instruction needs to start early on in a child’s education, to have the greatest impact.
Watch this article in blog format here.
Every educator out there knows this, which is why most schools across the globe and in India, start phonics teaching in preschool and kindergarten.
We’re certain that you, being an educator yourself, do the same, incorporating phonics education early, into your curriculum.
Did you ever stop to wonder how your instruction is taken by them? What exactly goes on in a young learner’s brain as you teach them reading skills?
To enlighten you and hopefully give you more insight into an early learner’s reading brain, we have compiled this list of facts and research from our own in-house team as well as experts in the field of early childhood literacy.
Let’s take a peek into the reading brain with this infographic:
Watch our Vice President of Curriculum and cognitive neuroscientist Dr. Vera Blau-McCandliss, talk about the research and science that goes into early childhood education.
Watch guest speaker and cognitive neuroscientist Dr. Nandini Chatterjee Singh speak about biliteracy and its effect on shaping an early learner’s brain at the Square Panda India Launch.
Stay tuned for our next post, which will focus on the neuroscience research conducted, both by our own researchers as well as those not affiliated with Square Panda, into early childhood education, literacy, and language acquisition.
What are your thoughts on reading and the early learner’s brain? Comment in the section below.
– Sanjana Shukla, Content Writer, Square Panda India