Reading Research

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Read with Me

You may have tangible wealth untold;
Caskets of jewels and coffers of gold;
Richer than I you can never be--
I had a parent who read to me.
                          -Strickland Gillilan

Reading with Your Child Provides:

Improved language skills.

Better memory skills.

Increased listening skills.

Expanded understanding of self and the world.

An appreciation of books and reading.

A closer relationship between parent and child.

Some Children Need to Catch Up to Meet Grade-Level Expectations in Reading:

On the first day of kindergarten, the range between the higher-end students' language development and readiness for reading and the lower-end students' language development and readiness for reading is 5 years. Some kindergartners start the first day of school with the language development of a 3-year-old, while others come with the language development of an 8-year-old. They all make a year of growth in kindergarten. 

Students who are three years behind grade-level expectations at the end of kindergarten may require 160-220 minutes of direct reading instructional time from parents and teachers each day during first, second, and third grade to catch up by third grade.

Catch-up growth is easiest to make early. It is easiest from birth to kindergarten. It is more difficult from kindergarten to third grade. It is more challenging still in middle school. It is hardest of all in high school.

Parents who read 20 minutes a day with their child provide significant support to the direct instruction she receives at school. This parental support considerably helps the child catch up as quickly as possible.

Please READ with Your Child EVERY DAY:

Listen to your child read to you at least 20 minutes each day.

If you would like to read to your child (a strategy that also develops students' reading skills), please do so in addition to the 20 minutes that she reads to you each day.

Make reading a part of your family's daily routine.

Show your enthusiasm for books.

Have conversations with your child about the books.

Ensure that reading is always FUN!

Please see the "Reading Tips" link to learn more tips for reading with your child.


Annual Growth for All Students, Catch-Up Growth for Those Who Are Behind written by Lynn Fielding, Nancy Kerr, and Paul Rosier (2007)

LOVING, LEARNING, GROWING: Your Child From Age Three Through Five written by Livonia Public Schools (1996)