The dreaded e-book

Parents everywhere have been battling if e-books should be allowed in their elementary school children’s curriculum.   Many argue that it is against tradition and nothing is as good as holding a tangible book.  Yet more and more K-12 schools are adding e-books as an option for textbooks. 

 Why change something if it is working fine?

 Schools all across the country have implemented e-books into their learning curriculum.  It has both been cheaper for the school districts as well as easier for students to obtain thanks to the vast demand of internet both in homes and in schools.

 Parents who prefer print books say that children develop attention problems as a result of trying read on a lit screen.  In a study from the Huffington Post, it was found that children and parents recalled less narrative details compared to reading a print copy.

 Parents were also less interactive while reading their e-stories to children as opposed to reading a print book, which can effect a child’s learning skills for the rest of his/her life.  Especially when the children are just starting to learn how to read.

 It is essential for children to have reading interaction so they can understand the overall tone of the book as well as understand character development.  E-books just can’t offer that. 

 However the study did show that children with higher reading levels benefitted from reading from e-books.  This could be because these children already have learned how to understand character development.   With that being said, e-books could be implemented in higher elementary grades such as fifth grade or higher. 

 Preschooler children can read e-books, but parents should choose extremely basic story lines so they can fully understand the book.  But why choose something so simple, when it isn’t challenging their minds? 

 People learn by performing more difficult tasks, so children should always be challenged in their reading if parents want to see a vast improvement in their studies.  This is why children are suggested to play with puzzles with a lot of pieces so they can challenge themselves.

 It’s important for schools to understand that children will go farther in their studies if they understand the basics.  Children are extremely visual learners, and the majority of their knowledge comes from their caregiver’s example. 

 Because parents statistically do not get as involved while reading e-books to their preschool children, so they should stick to print copies until the parents are fully content with their child’s reading levels. 

 Preschools and lower elementary education should stick to print copies because it provides a strong reading foundation.  Parents should understand this need for their children and read print copies to their children as much as they can because numerous studies have shown that is vastly improves a child’s future academic career.  


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