MomsEveryday: moral of the story

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MOMSEVERYDAY - The benefits of reading to your child are many.

Reading can help boost early brain development and help build language, literacy and social skills.

But research suggests how you read to your child may impact what they get out of it.

Animals that talk, kids who fly, and caterpillars that never get full. Children’s books sure do rouse the imagination, but a recent study found that fewer than half of all parents read aloud to their kids every day.

Research suggests kids may be able to use storytime to solve real-world problems. A paper published in the journal Cognition found five- and six-year-olds were better able to identify and apply the moral of a story when they were prompted to explain key events in the book, but not when an adult pointed out the moral for them.

Parents can help kids recognize the moral of the story by asking them questions as the story unfolds. Asking a child "why" leads them to look beyond surface details and events of the story. This helps the child relate the character to what they know about the real world, instead of just learning about fictional character.

This way, children are more likely to learn a lesson about the world around them.