Ready to dive into a little brain science? Today, we’re discovering what happens in your child’s brain when you read aloud.

This is probably not a surprise, but… A LOT is happening.

Dr. John Hutton of the Reading and Literacy Center at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital is joining me to break this down. I love how he puts it in the beginning of this episode: that scientists are using fancy methods to verify what we already know – that reading aloud is good for our kids.

Want to know what happens in your child’s brain when you read aloud? You’re in the right place.

IN THIS EPISODE, YOU’LL HEAR:

  • how the brain actually reads
  • the immense value of dialogic reading (don’t worry – you’re already doing this!)
  • how reading aloud “primes” the brain for reading independently

CLICK THE PLAY BUTTON TO START LISTENING:

TIME STAMPS:

3:35The RAR Premium Spring Lineup! 🌸🌱
6:09Lots of nature!
9:44What’s going on ‘under the hood’ when we read aloud
14:40How the brain actually reads
18:42Seen on an MRI
23:44‘A Goldilocks Effect’
30:15‘Neurons that fire together, wire together’
37:25Let the Kids Speak

QUOTES TO REMEMBER:

“There’s a maxim in neuroscience: neurons that fire together, wire together. So really, the more you practice anything, the stronger the neural circuits become.”

Dr. John Hutton

“We say it all the time at Read Aloud Revival: there’s nothing that a novel can give your child that a picture book can’t.”

Sarah Mackenzie

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(All links are Amazon affiliate links.)

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