Children's reading comprehension falls without storytime, Egmont study reveals

Children's reading comprehension falls without storytime, Egmont study reveals

Children’s reading comprehension declines to half the expected rate when they do not have regular storytime, a study from Egmont has revealed.

Egmont’s 2018 study of 120 children aged seven to 11, at St Joseph’s Catholic Academy in Stoke-on-Trent, found pupils’ reading comprehension increased over a five-month period by an average of 10 months—double the expected rate—when teachers regularly read to their class for pleasure. Some children’s comprehension developed by more than two years over the same period. Returning to the school in 2019, Egmont found that without regular storytime, prog...

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