Why Can’t I Skip Reading Each Night?

Student A reads 20 minutes every night.  Student B only reads 4 minutes a night… or not at all!

Multiply minutes a night x5 days a week.  Student A:  20 minutes x5 = 100 minutes.  Student B:  4 minutes x5= 20 minutes.  Multiply minutes a week x 4 weeks a month.  Student A reads 400 minutes a month and Student B reads 80 minutes a month.

Multiply minutes a month x9 months.  Student A reads 3,600 minutes in a school year and Student B reads only 728 minutes.  Student A reads the equivalent of 10 whole school days a year.  Student B reads the equivalent of only two whole school days a year. 

By the end of 6th grade Student A and Student B have the same reading habits…  Student A will have read the equivalent of 60 whole school days and Student B will have only read 12.  One would expect the gap of information retained will have widened considerably so, undoubtedly, will school performance.  How do you think Student B will feel about him/herself as a student?

  • Which student read better?
  • Which student would know more?
  • Which student would write better?
  • Which student would have a better vocabulary?
  • Which student would be more successful in school and life?

… something to think about.


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