E-book or paper- which is best for kids?
A while back Mrs. Frontera wrote a blog about how much her kids loved using the EPIC reader for iPads, computers, and smart phones. I wrote about using apps like these at home in my last blog too. I later saw an article that talked about the advantages and disadvantages of using technology when reading. I thought what disadvantages? If the child is reading could that be a bad thing? Literary professors, experts and different studies have weighed in on the pros and cons of e-readers. One study did find that children from the ages of 3-5 that were given an electronic device to read to them had lower comprehension scores. In addition, it stated that children at this age learn best when they are read to by a parent. No kind of reading is ever bad. We as teachers and parents just need to be sure to teach the children how to use the electronic equipment, rather than just handing it off to the child with no supervision or monitoring. Technology is constantly evolving. It’s how we choose to use it that makes the difference. The evolution of e-books just changes how we need to approach reading.
No matter what just keep reading!
Keep the date Thursday, November 12th for our annual Family Reading Night! Come for free pizza, great stories and prizes!