"Why Can't I Skip My Twenty Minutes of Reading Tonight?"
Student A reads 20 minutes five nights of every week;
Student B reads only 4 minutes a night for 4 nights...or not at all!
Step 1: Multiply minutes a night x 5 times each week.Student A practices reading the equivalent of 10 whole school days a year.
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 B gets the equivalent of only 2 school days of reading practice.
By the end of 5th 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?
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?
Which student do you want your child to be?
[Source: U.S. Dept. of Education, America Reads Challenge. (1999) "Start Early, Finish Strong: How to Help Every Child Become a Reader." Washington, D.C.]