Don't skip reading
Why Can't I Skip Reading 10 Minutes a night
Let’s figure it out - mathematically?
Child A reads 10 minutes five nights of every week.
Child B reads only 2 minutes a night or not at all!
Step 1: Multiply minutes per night times 5 times each week.
Child A reads 10 minutes times 5 times a week = 50 minutes per week.
Child B reads 2 minutes times 5 times a week= 10 minutes per week.
Step 2: Multiply minutes a week times 4 weeks each month.
Child A reads 200 minutes in a month.
Child B reads 40 minutes a month.
Step 3: Multiply minutes a month times 9 months per school year.
Child A reads 1800 minutes in a school year.
Child B reads 360 minutes in a school year.
Child A practices reading the equivalent of 5 whole school days a year.
Child B gets the equivalent of only 1 school days of reading practice.
By the end of Primary School if Child A and Child B maintain these same reading habits, Child A will have read the equivalent of 42 whole school days.
Child B will have read the equivalent of only 7 school days.
The gap in learning and achievement between these children will be wide. How do you think Child B will feel about him/herself as a learner?
Which child would you expect to read better? Which child would you expect to know more? Which child would you expect to write better?
Which child would you expect to have a better vocabulary? Which child would you expect to be more successful in school…and in life?
Which is your child?
Adapted from: U.S. Dept. of Education, America Reads Challenge. (1999) "Start Early, Finish Strong: How to Help Every Child Become a Reader." Washington, D.C