Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Reading is an Adventure Waiting to Happen
This picture reminds me of The Leave it to Beaver show. Most homes do not look like this anymore. I guess I like it so much because it shows a family reading around the fireplace together. The parents are even reading. This was a very different time in history.
Fast forward to today, while a lot has changed, one thing hasn't, and that is the need for our children to read. Not all families have time to sit and read together. Please make sure your student takes time to read to you, a sibling, dog/ cat or even a stuffed animal. Research shows that just 20 minutes a night expands your students vocabulary and prepares them to compete in a literate world.
As you begin to prepare for the Christmas season, Winter Break or Hanukkah please take time to read about the season you celebrate. Make your student part of the celebration by writing or reading a holiday classic. Even reading and following a recipe is reading!
Students who scored 90% better than their peers on reading tests, read for more than 20 minutes a day – exposing them to 1.8 million words a year.
Students who scored at 50%, read on average only 4.6 minutes a day – exposing them to 282,000 words per year.
Students who scored 10% for reading, read less than 1 minute per day – exposing them to 8,000 words per year. (It would take them one year to read as many words as what a good reader would read in two days.)
I look forward to the break but I also miss my students when we are off. If you would like more ideas to incorporate reading into their break please let me know.
When we return in January, we will be developing our critical thinking skills and writing as much as possible.
Have a wonderful break!