We are so pleased with the media coverage of our new study “Two Sides to Every Story.”
In this paper we show that preschool (EYFS) children struggle with learning words from storybooks that have too many illustrations — unless we help them out. We help them out by gesturing to the correct page so that we are literally on the same page.
Updating the news tab on this site with more stories and blogpost coverage is an ongoing effort, but you can read the original press release here.
The Bear Under The Stairs. Written and illustrated by: Helen Cooper. Published by: Penguin Books
Summary: William is scared of the bear that lives under the stairs. William feeds him, worries about him. And finally, tells mum about him… Together William and mum confront the bear under the stairs, and find out maybe there’s nothing to be afraid of.
Why it’s worth repeating: This lovely book, with dreamy illustrations is perfect for helping children discuss their own fears. Repeated readings also allow you and your child to spot the clues that there might not be a bear after all!
Things to talk about while you read:
- What would you feed a bear that lived under the stairs?
- What foods do bears like?
- What other food begin with a ‘b’?
- What would you do if you thought there was a bear at home?
- Are you afraid of anything?
- If you’re scared of anything you should always tell me
- Would you like to live under the stairs?
- Draw a picture of a bear that could live under the stairs (Just like William does!)
- What would a bear’s drawing of you/your child look like? Have a go at drawing each other and at self-portraits!
We recently learned from Prof. Bruce Hood that there’s a new (free!) tool available for parents and researchers to create their own books: OurBoox.
Although there are several books on the site that you can browse, you can create a book and keep it private for friends and family as long as you do not click the “publish” button (just send them the link to view the book).
You can read more about the history of the site here or read more through this eBook.
If you find yourself struggling to find time to read aloud, this just might help!
This is a great article (Washington Post) providing some tips on how to find a spare 15 minutes (in busy schedules!) to fit in some reading aloud with your children.
“[Reading aloud] may at times feel like another impossible obligation to fulfill, but reading aloud does not have to become an additional burden or activity to squeeze into an already overcrowded schedule. Try these small tweaks to carve out additional time for sharing a book with your child.”