Students learn the names of the people around them quite easily. It is important to teach your students that the different sounds these names make are represented by letters in the alphabet. The older students become, they will soon be writing letters and will recognize most of them by their shapes.HomeArticles and Studies Why Does My Child Have to Read 20 Minutes a Day?Main Menu
Many schools across the United States are recommending that children be read aloud to at home 20 minutes a day. Many parents go along with the program, and encourage their children to read this allotted amount of time, while other parents don’t really see the value or understand why teachers are recommending this reading time. To them it may seem like just more homework that takes away from family time. Let’s investigate this 20-minute a day reading theory, and see why it is so important to teachers.Why 20 minutes a day?Reading to your child for 20 minutes a day was not pulled out of the sky. The main reason this allotted time was chosen is because educators felt it was a manageable goal for parents to achieve. The 20 minutes does not have to be done at one sitting in order for your child to gain the full effects. You can break it up, as long as it equals 20 minutes a day (10 minutes here, 10 minutes there). This practice of reading aloud to your child should begin as early as the infant stage of your child’s life. This helps to develop a child’s understanding of phonics at an early age, it develops a habit of reading, and it is a great way to bond with your child.What if I am extremely busy one day?
Parents lead busy lives in this day-and-age. Some days will prove to be difficult to read when you have more on your plate than you can handle, and reading is not one of them. On the other hand, you will have days that you find you have extra time. Use these days to read a little extra to your child. Soon you will see the benefits of reading aloud to your child. Take a look at this breakdown of cumulative reading and how it affects children from birth all the way to the time they enter kindergarten.
You read to your child 20 minutes a day for 30 days, which equals 600 minutes (10 hours per month)
Times that 10 hours by 12 months a year, and you get 120 hours of reading per year. Now take that 120 hours and times it by 5 years, which equal 600 hours of reading over 5 years!
As you can see, this adds up to quite a bit of reading time. The reality is that during most public school years, students are only given 3 hours a day of total instruction, and that includes all subjects, not just language arts. The other time is spent on administrative duties, taking care of behavioral problems, and other activities that do not pertain to in-classroom instruction. It is vital that parents do what they can at home to help their child succeed in reading.What if I have more than one child to read to?
Obviously it becomes hard to adhere to the 20 minutes a day of reading when you have multiple children at different levels of learning. If your children are close enough in age that you can have a family reading time, that is great! But, this does not always work out, as children have different interests and attention spans. The goal is to provide each child with one-on-one reading. One solution might be to have both parents reading to separate children, or even an older child reading to a younger child, while you are reading to another child.