Monday, February 17, 2014

Why Reading Homework

Have you ever stopped to wonder what the big deal really is about reading homework? Why do teachers encourage, and is it really that big of a deal if your child skips reading each night?

The fact is, yes, it does, and this graphic popped up via the website Upworthy that helps visualize exactly what a difference reading each night actual makes for your child. Now this graphic uses 20 minutes of reading each night as it's basis, instead of the 15 that we do, but I think you can get the general idea. Look at the learning that happens outside of school when your child reads each night:

By the end of 6th grade you can see that a child who reads each night experiences the learning that happens in 60 days of school. And the best part is that your child can be reading books they love or about topics they love! Remember that chapter books aren't the only thing you child can learn from as they are reading. Websites, magazines, newspapers - these are all great resources for your child to learn as they are reading. If you need more suggestions about topics, books or resources, please let me know!