You may be wondering how long should you read with your kids every day? I am here to tell you why the magic number is reading 20 minutes a night -- or more.
There are so many things that I, as a teacher, wish that the parents of my students knew about reading with their kids. Reading for 20 minutes a night is just one of them.
What does reading 20 minutes a night really mean?
For this level, I would suggest reading each of those small books three times each.
– The first time you are reading to sound out the words and identify sight words.
– The second time you are reading for comprehension.
– The third time you are reading for fluency (to read at a faster rate.)
If you have not reached 20 minutes yet, this would be a great chance for YOU to read to your child.
For Your Older Children:
I let our son (second grade) read his chapter book to me for about 15-20 minutes. He would prefer to read it silently, but he has to read it out loud because I can listen to him.
-I can make sure that he doesn’t just skip over hard words.
-I can help him with his mistakes.
I know that time is tight. I know that you are busy. I know that your kids need to get to bed early. I know that they will ask you “Mommy, will you lay with me?” at the end of the day. I also know that if you skip out on reading nightly, your child will slowly fall behind. Give your child the best advantage and read with them- twenty minutes a night. Thank you for taking the time to invest in your child! They will thank you -- one day!
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