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Underhill School Reading Challenge Part Two!

The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go. – Dr. Seuss

Remember our 2nd reading challenge of the school year is happening now. Students have until Friday, April 8th to read and turn in their colored in cat in the hat worksheet to school. Keep on reading with your children as it is so IMPORTANT. We want to beat the total of 6,163 books read during the first challenge of the year.

WHY IS IT VITAL FOR YOUR CHILD TO READ FOR 20 MIN. EACH NIGHT?

This is the nightly homework assignment that is most often overlooked by students and families since there is no written work to turn in the next day. Students are asked to read for at least 20 minutes each night throughout their school career.  Reading on a nightly basis will GREATLY benefit your child in the long run. There are five components to learning to read: phonics, phonemic awareness, fluency, comprehension, and vocabulary.

Research has proven that reading is strongly related to vocabulary knowledge.  Whether children are read to by an adult or read on their own, their vocabulary will increase exponentially by exposing them to text on a daily basis.  The more your child reads (or is read to, or listens to literature) the more exposure he/she will get to a wide range of vocabulary in a variety of different genres; including Social Studies, Math, written and spoken words.  The chart below outlines the number of minutes spent reading outside of a typical school day (taken from The Key Vocabulary Routine by Joan Sedita, pg. 17).

Words are learned slowly through repeated exposures. As a child encounters a word multiple times he/she will accumulate more and more information surrounding that word therefore increasing their understanding which will in turn lead them to be able to use that word correctly! We work with families to encourage their child to read every day throughout the school year!! It will only help them in the long run!

MINUTES SPENT READING IN RELATION TO WORDS READ PER YEAR

Minutes Per Day Spent Reading Outside of School Words Read Per Year in Books
65 min. 4,358,000
21.2 min. 1,823,000
14.2 1,146,000
9.6 min. 622,000
6.5 min. 432,000
4.6 min. 282,000
3.2 min. 200,000
1.8 min. 106,000

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