Importance of reading.....

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  1. brandi0718

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    I was wondering if anyone sends home a letter at the beginning of the school year talking about the importance of reading with the kids at home??? At my school most of my kids only got to read at school........very rarely did they do their homework---next year i am wanting to stress the importance of the parents reading with the kids at home. I would love to look at a copy of a letter if anyone has one. Thanks!
     
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    I don't have a letter already written, but I think it is a good idea to write one. I would also include a book mark with tips of how to read with their child and questions to ask. I got the idea out of one of Ron Clark's books.
     
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    I love the bookmark idea---i had not thought of that.
     
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    Our schools sound very similar. I don't have a letter written either, although I think it is a great idea.

    We do walk to read, so I don't teach many of my own students for reading. I wonder if I would send a letter like that home to my reading students' families or my homeroom students' families or both?? I would love to send it home with my homeroom families, but most of the reading teachers in my school have different reading homework policies, so I probably would only send it home with my reading students.
     
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    Here are the questions he suggests in his book The Excellent 11:
    After reading the title, what do you think this book is going to be about?
    Why do you think the author chose to include this illustration?
    What predictions can you make about what will happen next?
    How did the story make you feel?
    What did you think of the way the book ended?
    In what ways did you enjoy this book?

    You could of course come up with your own, but after I posted that, I was curious as to what his were, so I went and looked it up!
     
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    Jun 26, 2008

    Someone posted this last year. It sounds a little snarky but really lets you know that reading is important.

    "Why Can't I Skip My Twenty Minutes of Reading Tonight?"
    (Source: U.S. Dept. of Education, America Reads Challenge. (1999) "Start Early, Finish Strong: How to Help Every Child Become a Reader." Washington, D.C.)

    Let's figure it out -- mathematically!
    • Student A reads 20 minutes five nights of every week.
    • Student B reads only 4 minutes a night...or not at all!
    Step 1: Multiply minutes a night x 5 times each week.
    Student A reads 20 min. x 5 times a week = 100 min. /week.
    Student B reads 4 minutes x 5 times a week = 20 minutes.
    Step 2: Multiply minutes a week x 4 weeks each month.
    Student A reads 400 minutes a month.
    Student B reads 80 minutes a month.
    Step 3: Multiply minutes a month x 9 months/school year.
    Student A reads 3600 min. in a school year.
    Student B reads 720 min. in a school year.
    Student A practices reading the equivalent of ten whole school days a year. Student B gets the equivalent of only two school days of reading practice. By the end of 6th grade if Student A and Student B maintain these same reading habits, Student A will have read the equivalent of 60 whole school days Student B will have read the equivalent of only 12 school days. One would expect the gap of information retained will have widened considerably and so, undoubtedly, will school performance. How do you think Student B will feel about him/herself as a student?
    Some questions to ponder:
    • Which student would you expect to read better?
    • Which student would you expect to know more?
    • Which student would you expect to write better?
    • Which student would you expect to have a better vocabulary?
    • Which student would you expect to be more successful in school....and in life?
     

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