A student who reads 20 minutes each day reads 3600 minutes in a school year and roughly 1 800 000 words. A student who reads 5 minutes each day reads 600 minutes in a school year and an estimated 282 000 words. By the end of 6th grade, the student who reads 20 minutes a day will have read the equivalent of 60 whole school days. The student who only reads 5 minutes a day will have read only 12 school days. Which student would you expect to have a better vocabulary? Which student would you expect to be more successful in school…and in life? (Nagy & Herman, 1987)
Please support your child in reading every day at home. Model the importance of reading. Talk about what you have read. Share the text and help them to make connections. Ask them questions to push their thinking and their imaginations!
Questions to Ask to:
Make Connections: What does this remind you of? When did you experience something similar? How can you relate to…?
Support Visualizing: What can you picture? In your mind what do you see? If this were a movie…?
Support Summarizing: Tell me what the basic gist is? What is the key information? In a nutshell, this says that…
Thank you for helping to build your child’s literacy skills!