Saturday, April 16, 2011

Start early...finish strong

Why Your Child Should Read at least 20 Minutes Every Night 

Let's figure it out--mathematically!
At the start of school:
Student A reads 20 minutes five nights of every week;
Student B reads only 4 minutes a night...or not at all!

1st: Multiply minutes a night x 5 times each week.

Student A reads 20 minutes x 5 times a week = 100 mins./week
Student B reads 4 minutes x 5 times a week = 20 minutes

2nd: Multiply minutes a week x 4 weeks each month.

Student A reads 400 minutes a month.
Student B reads 80 minutes a month.

3rd: Multiply minutes a month x 9 months/school year.

Student A reads 3600 minutes in a school year.
Student B reads 720 minutes in a school year.

Student A practices reading the equivalent of ten whole school days a year.
Student B gets the equivalent of only two school days of reading practice.

By the end of 6th grade, if Student A and Student B maintain these same reading habits,

Student A will have read the equivalent of 60 whole school days.
Student B will have read the equivalent of only 12 school days.

One would expect the gap of information retained will have widened considerably and so, undoubtedly, will school performance. How do you think Student B will feel about him/herself as a student?

Think about it:

Which student would you expect to...

read better?
know more?
write better?
have a better vocabulary?
be more successful in school....and in life?

Source: U.S. Dept. of Education , America Reads Challenge. (1999) "Start Early, Finish Strong: How to Help Every Child Become a Reader." Washington , D.C.

Kids' who read, succeed!!! Cheers :-)

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