Read Everyday

Read Everyday
Posted on 12/03/2018
This is the image for the news article titled Read EverydayWhy Read 30 Minutes Everyday?

*If daily reading begins in infancy, by the time the child is five years old, he
or she has been fed roughly 900 hours of brain food!
*Reduce that experience to just 30 minutes a week and the child's hungry
mind will lose 770 hours of nursery rhymes, fairy tales, and stories.
*A kindergarten student who has not been read aloud to could enter school
with less than 60 hours of literacy nutrition. No teacher, no matter how
talented, can make up for those lost hours of mental nourishment.
*Therefore... 30 minutes daily = 900 hours | 30 minutes weekly = 130 hours |
Less than 30 minutes weekly = 60 hours

Now you understand why reading daily is so very important. Here are
some ideas:
• Have family night reading.
• Reading before video games because “B” for books comes before
“V” for video in the alphabet.
• Have your child read to you while you are cooking.
• Have your child read to you while you are doing the dishes after a
• It is great to just shut off the television for 20-30 minutes and read,
then share what you learned.
• Read the same book as your child and then discuss what happened
and how you were feeling as you experienced the story.
• Have your child read on your way to run errands or on the way to
• Have a big brother/sister read to a little brother/sister or to the dog,
or the hamster or their favorite stuffed animal.

(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.)

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