Why Read 20 Minutes a Day?
Studies show that the more children read, the better readers they become. In one study, children who read 20 or more minutes per day scored in or above the 90th percentile; those who read less than 10 minutes scored below the 75th percentile.* But it’s not simply about reading more. Children who are actively engaged as they read—thinking about what they are reading versus looking passively at the words on the page—have been shown to regularly outperform children who are less engaged in what they are reading. Use our tips, activities and printables to help children develop a lifelong love of reading! Won’t you join us in taking the 20 minutes a day pledge? Click HERE to read more!
While I was completing my Master’s in Reading and Reading Specialist Credential, from San Diego State, a few years ago, I read many different studies and research about the importance of reading. One of the statistics that I read that really impacted me was the fact that many states use the literacy of third graders as a way to determine the future capacity they would need in their prison systems. In other words, the more third graders that were illiterate, the higher the number of future criminals. I was astounded. I had always known that learning to read is important, but I never knew that it was a determining factor in the likelihood of a child becoming a criminal. Knowing this, and other facts about the importance of reading, I jumped at the opportunity to partner with Leap Frog for their Read 20 Minutes a Day challenge. My boys love to read and be read to, and both my husband and I enjoy the time we spend bonding over reading books. I have always known Leap Frog to make great products to help children learn to read, but also to teach your child pre-reading skills(which is the stage Big Brother’s in right now). Recently, we had the opportunity to try out Tag Junior. As part of the Tag Reading System, Tag Junior is a tool used to help prepare children for the process of learning how to read. The design of a puppy makes holding the Tag Junior easy, even for children who are still working on their fine motor skills. When you turn it on, it welcomes the child with his/her name (it needs to be set up through the computer before you can begin reading books with it). This is one of the features that Big Brother loves, he thinks the puppy knows his name! As the child plays with Tag Junior, he is able to interact with the book he is reading. One of the best ways to get kids hooked on reading is to allow them the opportunity to interact with a book. Asking them questions about what they/you are reading to them, entertaining the questions or thoughts about the reading you are doing are all great ways to help draw your child ‘into’ what they are reading; cultivating a thirst for reading more. There are also different interactive aspects to Tag Junior: when Tag Junior is placed over the text, he reads the text on that page; when placed over the characters, they add dialogue that is not written. Our boys absolutely love finding out the ‘extra secret’ information by pressing Scout around the page to see what else he is going to tell them.
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I was selected for this opportunity by Clever Girls Collective but content and opinions expressed here are my own. To take the LeapFrog Reading Month pledge, please visit their Facebook page. #LFReadingMonth #spon