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 read a night x 5 times each week.
Student A reads 20 min. x 5 times a week = 100 minutes a week.
Student B reads 4 minutes x 5 times a week = 20 minutes a week.
Step 2: Multiply minutes read a week x 4 weeks each month.
Student A reads 400 minutes a month.
Student B reads 80 minutes a month.
Step 3: Multiply minutes read 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.
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.
Which student will read better?
Which student will know more?
Which student will write better?
Which student will have a better vocabulary?
Which student would you expect to be more successful in school....and in life?
AR Reading Quizzes
Your child will be taking comprehension quizzes on the books they bring home to read to you each night to check their understanding of what they are reading.
A Rule of Thumb for Choosing a Book
To help your child select a book that is just right for them, try this "rule of thumb".
Have your child read one page of the book, holding up one finger for each unknown word.
If your child holds up four fingers and a thumb before finishing the page,
the book is probably too difficult for them to read alone.
It may be a book for you and your child to read together.
It is very important that your child reads to you for a minimum of 20 minutes each night. The more your child reads, the better reader your child will become.