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Here’s a common question I get asked about 2 and 3 year olds.

My son always wants to read the same book, play the same game & see the same cartoon over and over again. Is this normal? What can I do to widen his experiences and help him to discover other things?

 Young children love repetition, whether it’s watching the same video, listening to the same song over and over again, or saying the same nursery rhyme repeatedly, reading the same book, playing the same game, or seeing the same cartoon on a loop, because it’s the best way for them to acquire and master new skills.

In order to learn something well, children this age practice it until they get it right, hence the repeated watching, playing or reading.

What is your child practicing by repeatedly reading the same book?

It depends on the book, of course, but it could be that they don’t yet understand the story line and as they continue to re- read it, they have a better understanding of it. Repeated readings help young children master the storyline, the ideas, the vocabulary and the language of a story.

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