The Importance of Reading: Children benefit greatly by being read to by a parent. This develops a child’s vocabulary. Your child will be motivated and encouraged to read as he or she come to associate these good times and closeness with a parent with books and reading.
How much time spent reading do children need?
We recommend at least 20 minutes a night.
Neuroscientist Sally Shaywitzt makes a case for the benefits
of reading a minimum of 20 minutes a day as follows:
|Student A||Student B||Student C|
|20 minutes/day||5 minutes/day||1 minute/day|
|3600 minutes/school year||900 minutes/school year||180 minutes/school year|
|90th percentile||50th percentile||10th percentile|
By the end of primary school:
Student A has read the equivalent of 60 whole school days.
Student B has read for 12 school days
It takes Student C a year to read as many words as Student A does in two days.
Naturally Student A will have a better vocabulary and comprehension skills. Reading teaches vocabulary. Simply relying on conversation to increase vocabulary falls short of what can be gained through reading.