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!
Student A reads 20 min. x 5 times a week = 100 mins./week
Student B reads 4 minutes x 5 times a week = 20 minutes
Student A reads 400 minutes a month.
Student B reads 80 minutes a month.
Student A reads 3600 min. in a school year.
Student B reads 720 min. 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.
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 only12 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?
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 have a better vocabulary?
Which student would you expect to be more successful in school.... and in life?
If daily reading begins in infancy, by the time the child is
five years old, he or she has been fed roughly 900 hours
of brain food!
Reduce that experience to just 30 minutes a week and
the child's hungry mind loses 770 hours of nursery
rhymes, fairy tales, and stories.
A kindergarten student who has not been read aloud to
could enter school with less than 60 hours of literacy
nutrition. No teacher, no matter how talented, can make
up for those lost hours of mental nourishment.
30 minutes daily: 900 hours
30 minutes weekly: 130 hours
Less than 30 minutes weekly: 60 hours
U.S. ReadsChallenge. (1999) "Start Early,Finish Strong: How to Help Dept. of Education, America
Every Child Become a Reader."
] Washington, D.C.