Read-At-Home Plan

Research shows that when families are involved in their children's education at home, children do better in school. There are numerous activities and strategies to help your child at home. Just 20 minutes of reading per day can have a huge impact on your child's success in school.

Reading 20 Minutes Per Day at Home 
Student A Student B Student C
Reads
▸ 20 minutes per day
▸ 3,600 minutes per school year
▸ 1,800,000 words per year
Reads 
▸ 5 minutes per day
▸ 900 minutes per school year
▸ 282,000 words per year
Reads 
▸ 1 minute per day
▸ 180 minutes per school year
▸ 8,000 words per year
Scores
▸ 90th percentile on standardized tests
Scores
▸ 50th percentile on standardized tests
 
Scores
▸ 10th percentile on standardized tests
If reading for 20 minutes per day is started in Kindergarten, by the end of 6th grade, Student A will have read for the equivalent of 60 school days, Student B will have read for 12 school days, and Student C will have read for 3 school days. Want to be a better reader? Simply read.
Nagy and Herman 1987

Read-At-Home Plan
The Florida Department of Education's (FLDOE) Read-At-Home Plan Resource Guide includes information related to the six essential components of reading:
  • Oral Language: The system through which we use spoken words to express knowledge, ideas, and feelings.

  • Phonological Awareness: The understanding that a spoken word is made up of different parts, and that each of these parts makes a sound.

  • Phonics: The ability to connect spoken sounds to written letters or words.

  • Fluency: The ability to read accurately with appropriate rate and expression.

  • Vocabulary: The knowledge of words and meanings.

  • Comprehension: The understanding and interpretation of what is read.

Resources

Simple Things Families Can Do To Help Their Child Become a Reader: Guidance for families from the U.S. Department of Education

Just Take 20 For Families: Grade level-appropriate reading activities available on the FLDOE website


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