School has started again and the concerns for “summer slide” may be diminishing, but it’s important to keep families reading together each day.
As literacy tutors, teachers and administrators we eat, sleep and breathe reading, and we need to make sure the students and families in our programs are doing the same.
The rule of thumb is to read with your family for 20 minutes daily. It’s a manageable amount of time for most families and it doesn’t have to be done in one sitting! Sometimes it is helpful to break the reading up by book, for younger readers, or by chapter for older children.
Check out this quick benefit breakdown discussing The Power of 20 Minutes a Day if your students need some convincing.
Jennifer Perez, a Tampa-based teacher & tutor, has also generously shared one of her favorite family reading techniques with us – The Family Reading Bug – and has also adapted it for the classroom. Additional family literacy resources can also be found on the FLC website!
Do you or your students have great ways of fitting 20 minutes of reading into every day? If so, tell us about it in the comments section below.