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
Mrs. Lewis teaches the 5th grade reading curriculum. Each week students will focus on comprehension, fluency, and vocabulary development. Questions regarding our student's status? She can be reached at email@example.com.
I will be working with a select group of students supporting their unique reading needs.
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:
Students are required to read a minimum of 20 minutes a night and submit a weekly reading log. This log is due on Friday. While I encourage them to read every day, I do not require the reading log be kept on the weekend, as family time is equally important.