Reading at Home
Students are encouraged to read 20 minutes a night. This is important and let me tell you why . . . or better yet let's look at it mathematically:
Student A reads 20 minutes, five nights of every 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 min. x 5 times a week = 100 mins/week
Student B reads 4 minutes 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 A reads 3600 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.
Student B gets the equivalent of only two school days of reading practice.
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?
Core Reading Instruction
Each week we'll focus on reading comprehension, fluency, some spelling and vocabulary development.
My core class and reading class will do novel studies throughout the year. This will give us the opportunity to sharpen and fine tune our reading strategies. Be sure to ask your student what we are currently reading. I strive to pick engaging and thoughtful books for this study.
We are currently reading:
We've finished (and loved):
In addition to reading a minimum of 20 minutes a night and keeping track of that reading on a reading log, students will complete one fiction read and response and one non fiction read and response. This homework goes home on Mondays and should be returned on Friday. I want them to keep their weekend free to spend time with family.