CHARDON HILLS MAGNET SCHOOL
Families have often ask, “how much time should my child be reading at home?” As the principal, I often suggest that your child should be reading at least 20-minutes per day. Upon reflection, I realize my answer is not fully correct. To be more complete, my answer is now – If you want your child to be successful in an ever-increasing competitive world, your child must read at least 20-minutes every day. The Research - The amount of free reading done outside of school has consistently been found to relate to growth in vocabulary, reading comprehension, verbal fluency, and general information. Students who read independently become better readers, score higher on achievement tests in all subject areas, and have greater content knowledge than those who do not. While 20 minutes of reading is supported research, it is important to note that, if your child is interested in and enjoying what she is reading, it is fine to encourage more time.
However, we do not want children to become too tired. It takes a while for readers to build up the stamina they need to read for longer periods of time. For more support and ideas on reading, you are invited on March 23rd to the Euclid City School’s Literacy Night at Shoreview Elementary School starting at 6:00 PM. Look for the informational flyer soon. As always, Chardon Hills Magnet School seeks opportunities for the community and school to support each other. Please feel free to share your ideas to help us find such occasions. And please continue to communicate with Chardon Hills to ensure we keep our children successful.
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