• The importance of nightly reading

    Why Can't I Skip Nightly Reading


    Why Can't I Skip My Twenty Minutes of Reading Tonight?

    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 a week.  

    Student B reads 4 minutes x 5 times a week = 20 minutes or less.

     

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

    Student A reads 400 minutes a month.

    Student B reads 80 minutes a month or less.

     

    Step 3: Multiply minutes a month x 9 months in a school year.

    Student A reads 3600 minutes in a school year.

    Student B reads 720 minutes or less in a school year.

     

    Student A practices reading equivalent to ten whole school days a year.

    Student B gets the equivalent of only two school days or less of reading practice.

     

    If Student A and Student B maintain these same reading habits through 6th grade:

    Student A will have read 60 whole school days.

    Student B will have read 12 school days or less.

    One would expect the gap of information retained will have widened considerably and so will school performance. 

    Some questions to ponder:

    Which student would you expect to be a better reader?

    Which student would you expect to know more?

    Which student would you expect to write better?

    Which student would you expect to have a better vocabulary?

    Which student would you expect to be more successful in school...and in life?

Last Modified on June 10, 2015