How Reading Can Help Remedy Covid Learning Loss

How Reading Can Help Remedy Covid Learning Loss - Playgarden Online
BY Miss Charlotte October 10, 2022 COVID-19, Early Literacy, Printables

Catching Up on Missed Learning with Preschool Books

The pandemic was a difficult time for us all: physically, emotionally, and socially. For anyone who was in school at the time, especially little ones, there was a bit of learning loss that may have occurred during the periods of intense isolation and quarantine. Now that in-person learning has returned and online learning platforms have grown more advanced, there is a question of whether or not it is possible for teachers to help little ones recover from that pandemic learning loss that has greatly effected early childhood education. Some professors were unsure at first, and were working to adapt and hope that they could make up the difference. However, a solution of sorts was actually found: reading aloud! 

As many folks know, reading aloud has proven to be an extremely effective and efficient way of helping along cognitive development, as well as providing lots of social, emotional, and cultural benefits. In fact, studies demonstrate that little ones who have had lots of preschool books read to them prior to entering kindergarten are nearly 14 months ahead in terms of their pre-reading and language skills. It makes sense; when little ones listen to stories, they are able to hear new vocabulary words, pick up more advanced grammar and syntax, and absorb more general knowledge about the world. The benefits of read-aloud preschool books for early childhood education really are countless! From online read-alongs to snuggling up in bed next to a book, there are plenty of options to use reading to your child’s advantage.

Even though in the past it was thought that older children did not benefit from having stories read to them, new studies have demonstrated that that is not the case. In 2019, twenty English teachers across ten schools focused on classes with students aged twelve to thirteen years old who had struggled with learning. The teachers chose to read to the students instead of having the students read themselves. Shortly after, test scores increased and the morale among the students was much higher! Following the study, there was a significant amount of progress made—up to sixteen months worth. Imagine the change that can happen when starting early by reading (or listening to) preschool books!

So, despite the slight learning loss that may have occurred with your little one during the stretch of COVID-19, do not worry! These studies are very hopeful, and the chances of bridging that learning gap are very strong if reading aloud is made a priority, both in school and out of it.

Click HERE to download this printable Reading Chart to hang in your home!

Playgarden Prep offers numerous educational videos from real teachers, and tons of DIY projects that support early childhood education and development. Our teachers have read hundreds of preschool books through videos and live Zoom classes to help your child learn how to read. Try Our Online Preschool for FREE!

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Miss Charlotte Pencil

Hi, I'm Miss Charlotte!

Miss Charlotte is an Education Director by trade, and a mom by heart. All 200+ of our DIY projects were created by Miss Charlotte, with the help of her expert DIY assistant—Her 4 year old daughter! With a MST degree in Early Childhood Education and 15 years of teaching experience, her blogs and DIY projects have been an incredible resource for our Playgarden Prep schools. We hope that your family loves them as much as we do!

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