Why is reading so important?
'Studies show that reading for pleasure makes a big difference to children’s educational performance. Here’s how you can get your child off to a great start.
Evidence suggests that children who read for enjoyment every day not only perform better in reading tests than those who don’t, but also develop a broader vocabulary, increased general knowledge and a better understanding of other cultures.
In fact, reading for pleasure is more likely to determine whether a child does well at school than their social or economic background.'
Children who read for 20 minutes a day are exposed to 1.8 million words a year.
Children who read on average for 4.6 minutes a day are exposed to 282,000 words a year.
Children who read for less than a minute a day are exposed to 8,000 words a year.
So it would take a child who reads for less than one minute a day a whole year to read the number of words that a child who reads for 20 minutes a day would read in 2 days.
Below are a few documents that explain what you can do at home to support this.