Reconsidering Silent Reading

Reading silently has long been seen as a positive practice for improving literacy skills. However, recent research suggests that silent reading may not be the best way to improve reading skills.

The idea that silent reading is beneficial for children began in the 1800s. At the time, educators believed that exposing children to literature in a quiet environment would help them to develop reading skills. However, recent research has shown that this belief may not be correct.

Studies have found that children who are reading silently are not actually reading more than those who are reading aloud. In fact, children who are reading silently are actually less likely to learn how to read proficiently.

The problem with silent reading is that it fails to engage the child’s attention. This can actually lead to a decline in reading skills. When children are not engaged in the reading process, they are not going to learn as much.

One way to combat this problem is to have children read aloud while they are also doing other tasks, such as working on a puzzle or playing a game. This will ensure that the child is engaged in the reading process and will learn more.

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