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Study: Reading to Children as Babies Gives Literary Skills a Long-lasting Boost

Parents who read with their children when they are still babies can give a boost to their vocabulary and reading skills that lasts for years to come. Research shows that reading books with a child beginning in early infancy can boost vocabulary and reading skills four years later, before the start of elementary school.


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

Young children whose parents read them five books a day enter kindergarten having heard about 1.4 million more words than kids who were never read to, a new study found. This 'million word gap' could be one key in explaining differences in vocabulary and reading development.


Learning New Vocabulary During Deep Sleep

Researchers showed that we can acquire the vocabulary of a new language during distinct phases of slow-wave sleep and that the sleep-learned vocabulary could be retrieved unconsciously following waking. Memory formation appeared to be mediated by the same brain structures that also mediate wake vocabulary learning.


Reading Between the Lines in Children’s Vocabulary Differences

America's 31 million children growing up in homes with low socio-economic status have, on average, significantly smaller vocabularies compared with their peers. A new study found these differences in vocabulary growth among grade school children of different socioeconomic statuses are likely related to differences in the process of word learning.


Vocabulary and Business Success

It is often said that communication is the key to success in both business and personal relationships. The secret to communicating effectively is having a strong vocabulary. No matter what your position in life is or what your goals are, when you have a rich vocabulary at your disposal, you will be able to succeed more easily in your every endeavor.