Why Read 20 Minutes Each Night

 Let’s figure it out---Mathematically

Student A reads 20 minutes five nights of the 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 minutes x 5 times a week = 100 minutes/week

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

 

Step 2:         Multiply minutes a week x 4 weeks each month.

Student A reads 400 minutes a month.

Student B reads 40 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 daysStudent 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?