Let's figure it out mathematically!
Student A reads 20 minutes five nights 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 minutes a 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.
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 the 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, while 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?