Why Your Child Should Read for 15 minutes Every Day
"WHY CAN'T I SKIP MY 15 MINUTES OF READING TONIGHT?"
LET'S FIGURE IT OUT --- MATHEMATICALLY!
Student A reads 15 minutes four nights of every week;
Student B reads only 4 minutes a night...or not at all!
Step 1: Multiply minutes a night x 4 times each week.
Student A reads 15 min. x 4 times a week = 60 mins./week
Student B reads 4 minutes x 4 times a week = 16 minutes
Step 2: Multiply minutes a week x 4 weeks each month.
Student A reads 240 minutes a month.
Student B reads 64 minutes a month.
Step 3: Multiply minutes a month x 10 months/school year
Student A reads 2400 min. in a school year.
Student B reads 640 min. in a school year.
Student A practices reading the equivalent of six whole school days a year.
Student B gets the equivalent of only one and a half 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 36 whole school days
Student B will have read the equivalent of only 9 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?
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