Benefits of ‘Repetitive Reading’ for Children

Children love to have stories read to them over and over! There are many reasons for this – it may be that they love the story characters, the colors in the pictures, the flow of the words, or even just the joy of being close to you as the story is read. This is a good thing! Research shows that children are gaining and developing language and literacy skills through ‘repetitive reading’.

Each time the story is reread, children:
• Identify or recognize new information or details from the story which leads to a deeper understanding and comprehension; each time the story is read, new information can be gleaned from the picture and/or the words; guided questioning can encourage hypothetical thinking and analysis
• Develop new language and literacy skills; children become aware of how patterns of words or letters sound; recognize alphabet/letters, and familiar or site words; develop a larger usable vocabulary; and begin to understand the importance of the written word
• Develop fluency in reading or telling story; children acquire skills in sequencing when they retell a story; they also gain an understanding of the concept of time and placement (first, second, third or first, next and last)
• Build confidence by knowing the story; children gain in self-confidence through the ability to explain or tell a story, that they know what happens next; they also learn positive social skills through interacting with their peers in retelling the story

Early childhood educators and care providers can use observations of the children to see how many skills they are developing or have mastered when rereading or retelling the story. Asking specific and open-ended questions can aid in determining what a child knows or comprehends.

Repetitive Reading, Part 2: Resources to Support Literacy coming soon