Making the Most out of Reading 20 Mins a Day

Literacy | 07/20/2017

Kate Dando Doran
Communications Director

I was listening to my husband read to our one year old daughter last night. He was making up voices for the characters as they worked their way through “Giraffes Can’t Dance” and “Goodnight Colorado.” My daughter giggled and turned the pages of her board books.  She is young, but we are working hard to give her a solid foundation in literacy skills. I know that reading every day is really important and my daughter loves it. But, I’m going to be honest, there are days where I feel too tired after the daily slog, and I want to skip our nighttime reading routine.

My colleagues put together some tips for how to make the most out of your 20 minutes of reading per day. One of the tips that we are taking advantage of is breaking up the 20 minutes into smaller chunks of time in the morning and evening. The tips are below and be sure to check out for lots of information and resources to support you in helping your child become a strong reader.

Tips to make the most out of reading 20 minutes each day:

  • Read at a regular pace.
  • Give life to the book – read with enthusiasm and expression.
  • Create different voices for the characters.
  • Ask your child to read the book two times in a row – this will help build fluency (reading with accuracy, at a regular pace, and proper expression).
  • Read a variety of books.
  • Break up the 20 minutes of reading per day into smaller chunks of time.
  • For younger children, describe what is happening in the pictures on each page and what they are looking at. Ask them questions about what they think about the story.
  • For older readers, pause and ask questions after every page or main part of the story.
    • What do you think will happen next?
    • Why do you think that?
    • How do you know that?

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