Saint Brigid’s National School, is a primary school situated in the centre of Greystones, Co. Wicklow. Our mission is to provide the highest quality education for all our children in a happy, safe and stimulating Christian environment, focusing on their academic, social, personal, moral and spiritual development to help them be the best they can be.

The Importance of Reading

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
Reads: Reads: Reads:
20 minutes/day 5 minutes/day 1 minute/day
3600 minutes/school year 900 minutes/school year 180 minutes/school year
Exposed to:

1,800,000 words

Exposed to:

282,000 words

Exposed to:

8,000 words

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.