Why Can't I Skip My 20 Minutes of Reading Tonight?
Answer: Let's figure it out mathematically.
Student A reads 20 minutes five nights of every week;
Student B reads only 4 minutes a night...or not at all!
Step 1: Multiply minutes a night x 5 times each week.
- Student A reads 20 minutes x 5 times a week= 100 minutes/week.
- Student B reads 4 minutes x 5 times a week= 20 minutes/week.
Step 2: Multiply minutes a week x 4 weeks each month.
- Student A reads 400 minutes/month.
- Student B reads 80 minutes/month.
Step 3: Multiply minutes a month x 9 months/school year.
- Student A reads 3600 minutes/school year.
- Student B reads 720 minutes/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 sixth 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? Some questions to ponder:
- Which student would you expect to read better?
- Which student would you expect to know more?
- Which student would you expect to write better?
- Which student would you expect to gave a better vocabulary?
- Which student would you expect to more successful in school and in life?
Please ensure that your child is reading every night. Read with them but don't read to them. AR books are available on student's individual level. Ask them questions to make sure they are understanding what they are reading. Rereading the same page/pages will aid in fluency.