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Read to kids in Spanish; it'll help their English & make them smarter

Education By Phys.org990 views
Read to kids in Spanish; it'll help their English & make them smarter

Excerpt Phys.org

A new study has found that children who had strong early reading skills in their native Spanish language when they entered kindergarten experienced greater growth in their ability to read English from kindergarten through fourth grade.

Importantly, when the researchers factored in how well the students spoke English, it turned out that native language reading skills mattered more—even at kindergarten entry—to the students' growth across time.

Plainly stated: children who had stronger Spanish reading skills upon entering kindergarten did better across time, even than their Spanish-speaking peers who were more fluent in speaking English but less proficient in reading Spanish.

Reference: https://srcd.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/cdev.13288

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