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Why Humor Can Enhance Children’s Literacy

February 21, 2018

Humor and children have always gone hand in hand. People in general love to laugh. So, it only makes sense to add humor to reading material to make it something students want to listen to or read. But does humor really help with learning? Are students going to read more or comprehend what they read any better? Recent research shows a resounding, “YES!”


If your students read or listen to books that make them laugh, they will start to see reading as fun and something to look forward to. Kids will often be encouraged to keep reading to see if the humor continues.  

Several Positives

Humorous books can have the same effect in education as they do in real life. When something funny occurs in your life, you tend to remember it better than something that left no impact. Reading a humorous book tends to stick in your memory banks a little better than a book that is dry and dull.

More Engagement

Humor may also help students deal with stressful situations in life. Adding humor is great way to allow them to learn coping mechanisms and allows the student to know they are not alone. I

Comfort and Humor is a Great Match

Reading areas are another great classroom addition. Reading chairs that fit two people, for pair reading, and bean bags have replaced traditional desks. This classroom setting is still in the testing phase, but comfort, along with humor, shows promise to promote learning and motivate reading.

For over 60 years, Nickerson Corporation has been supplying educational furniture and equipment to those in the New York and New Jersey market. With a product list that varies from early childhood all the way to college and beyond, we are available to supply furniture solutions that can satisfy your every academic need. For more information on our products and delivery services, please give us a call at (631) 666-0200 today.