• Want to know why you CAN'T skip reading each night?  Well, let's see what could happen if you did....


    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 min. x 5 times a week = 100 mins./week

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


      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.


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

    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.


      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 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?


      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 have a better vocabulary?

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


      Food For Thought:

       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




    [Source: U.S. Dept. of Education, America ReadsChallenge. (1999) "Start Early,Finish Strong: How to Help

    Every Child Become a Reader." Washington, D.C.]