Essential Brain Food -- Why Your Child Should Read for 20 Minutes Every Day
"Why Can't I Skip My 20 Minutes of Reading Tonight?"
LET'S FIGURE IT--MATHEMATICALLY!
Student A reads 20 minutes five nights of every week;
Student B reads only 4 minutes a night...or none at all!
Step 1: Multiply minutes a night x 5 times each week
Student A reads 20 min x 5 times a week = 100 mins./week
Student B reads 4 min x 5 times a week = 20 mins./week
Step 2: Multiply minutes a week x 4 weeks each month.
Student A reads 400 minutes a month
Student B reads 80 minutes a month
Step 3: Multiply minutes a month x 9 months/school year.
Student Areas 3,600 min. in a school year.
Student B reads 720 min. 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.
Guess what? By the end of the 6th grade, if Student A and Student B maintain these same reading habits, Student A will have read the equivalent of 60 whole school days. Student 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?
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 expect to have a better vocabulary?
Which student would expect to be more successful in school?
Start reading at infancy, by the time the child is 5 years old he or she has been fed roughly 900 hours of brain food! Continue that and by the time the child is 10 years old..well...you do the math!