• Socrates....Galileo....Edison....Gates.....your child?
    • Read!  Read!  Read! - Students who read know more, have better vocabulary, and perform better in school.  It's not too late to develop a love for reading.   

    Let's figure it out--mathematically!

    Student A reads 20 minutes five nights of every week;
    Student B reads only 4 minutes a night...or not at all!

    1st: Multiply minutes a night x 5 times each week.

    Student A reads 20 minutes x 5 times a week = 100 mins./week
    Student B reads 4 minutes x 5 times a week = 20 minutes

    2nd: Multiply minutes a week x 4 weeks each month.

    Student A reads 400 minutes a month.
    Student B reads 80 minutes a month.

    3rd: Multiply minutes a month x 9 months/school year.

    Student A reads 3600 minutes in a school year.
    Student B reads 720 minutes in a school year.

    Student A practices reading the equivalent of ten school days a year.
    Student B gets the equivalent of only two school days of reading practice.

    If Student A and Student B maintain these same reading habits, 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?
    know more?
    write better?
    have better vocabulary?
    be more successful in school....and in life?

    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.