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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 by 5 times each week.

Student A reads 20 minutes x 5 times a week = 100 minutes/week.

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

Step 2: Multiply minutes a week by 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 3,600 minutes in a school year. Student B reads 720 minutes 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 only 12 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?

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?

Encourage daily reading at home for your child. Better yet, join your child and be an exemplary role model for reading!

~Dr. R.S. Campbell

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