I once asked on LinkedIn which three pieces of advice teachers would give to parents to apply at home to help their child to learn effectively.
When I had sifted through the replies there was one strand that eclipsed all others and that was reading to, and with, your child. This Edutopia article takes the general advice a little further…
Using fMRI machines to observe neural activity in the brain, researchers discovered that some narratives are “too cold”: Stories without pictures lack critical visual context, forcing kids to think too hard about what’s happening. Others are “too hot”: Animated stories and other fast-moving video formats (like cartoons and movies) lead to sensory overload, pushing children beyond their ability to make sense of the experience. But one format was “just right”: Picture books, which blend simple narratives with still illustrations, met the children at their developmental stage.
Read the full article here: For Young Brains, a Storytelling Sweet Spot | Edutopia