- Quite often, parents have to repeat the same favorite story to kids
- A new study says that repeating the same stories helps kids learn new words
- In the study, children were divided into two groups
- The group that heard the same story repeatedly could remember the words in it
- The group that heard different stories started forgetting the words after some days
How many times would you have told the Tortoise-Rabbit race or same elephant stories to your kid? 10 times, 15 times or more? But, the little ones never get bored of the same story. Instead, they keep asking for it every next day.
But is it worth telling them the same story again and again?
A new study has the answer. The research states that telling the same stories over and over helps your children learn new words. Each time you repeat the same story, the kid grasp some new word.
As a part of the research, the team prepared nine different story books about a girl, Rosie and the stories included certain made-up words called ‘Target words’ like ‘Sprock,’ ‘Zorch,’ and ‘Coodle.’ The books contained different stories related to girl Rosie and used pictures representing the target words that they want the kids to learn.
The researchers selected two groups of pre-school kids from South England: the different stories group and same story group. For the different stories group, three different stories with same target words ‘Sprock and ‘Tannin’ were given. Meanwhile, the same story group heard one story with the same word ‘Sprock’ and ‘Tannin’, but they heard the story thrice. The words were associated with a particular picture in the story book.
The researchers visited the kids’ houses on certain frequency and pointed out the picture to them and questioned whether they remember the word. After the study, the researchers found out that the children in the same stories group remembered the words very well when compared to the kids in the different stories group. The different stories group though remembered the words first started forgetting it as days passed by.
Similar study was conducted by repeating same stories to the kids with developmental language disorder. The researchers found out that telling the same story over and over helps the children with special needs learn new words quickly. The research was published in the journal Frontiers for Young Minds.
The story reading technique can be used for kids who are slow in learning languages. It might help them do better. So, never hesitate when your child ask for that same story of monkey or the tiger again. Let them learn and grow.