As parents, you are your child's first teacher, and play is one of the best ways you can help them learn. In this project, we observe parents and their children playing naturally together, and we examine which factors are related to the type and style of play they use.
Another excellent way parents help their children learn is by reading to them. In this project, we are interested in the strategies parents use when reading to their children to keep them engaged and help them understand the stories.
Books and television are two of the most common educational mediums for young children, but how well do children actually learn from them? In this study, we are interested in how learning from books compares to learning from television, and also whether other variables such as language skills or memory explain why some children might benefit more from one medium versus the other.