How important is daily reading? Would you like to be exposed or have your child exposed to 1.8 million words a year? Phoenix Academy requires all students to read for 20 minutes each night at home. Why? Common sense would say and *research has found that good readers naturally spend more time in daily reading. Exposure to reading is important in developing vocabulary for fluency and comprehension. *See link below for Youtube video: Does Reading Make You Smarter?
Students who scored 90% better than their peers on reading tests, read for more than 20 minutes a day – exposing them to 1.8 million words a year.
Students who scored at fifty percentile, read on average only 4.6 minutes a day – exposing them to 282,000 words per year.
Students in the ten percentile for reading, read less than 1 minute per day – exposing them to 8,000 words per year. (It would take them one year to read as many words as what a good reader would read in two days.)
Here’s the link: Does Reading Make you Smarter?