How long should you read with your kids every day?

You may be wondering How long should you read with your kids every day?  I am here to tell you why the magic number is reading 20 minutes a night… or more. how long should you read every day
There are so many things that I, as a teacher, wish that the parents of my students knew about reading with their kids.  Reading for 20 minutes a night is just one of them.
What does reading 20 minutes a night really mean?
It means that your kids are reading out loud to you.   If your kids are in Pre-school or Kindergarten, they are probably reading the small, repetitive books like “I went to the store.  Mommy went to the store.  Daddy went to the store.  We all had fun!”.

Kindergarten: 
For this level, I would suggest reading each of those small books three times each.
– The first time you are reading to sound out the words and identify sight words.
– The second time you are reading for comprehension.
– The third time you are reading for fluency (to read at a faster rate.)
If you have not reached 20 minutes yet, this would be a great chance for YOU to read to your child.
For Your Older Children: 
I let our son (second grade) read his chapter book to me for about 15-20 minutes.  He would prefer to read it silently, but he has to read it out loud because I can listen to him.
-I can make sure that he doesn’t just skip over hard words.
-I can help him with his mistakes.
-When he is finished, I will ask him to tell me about the story (what happened, who were the characters…).
-I also make sure to read a bible story to him every night.  Hearing me read aloud is also important. You can find the printable chart here.  printable chart

PRINT OUT THE READING CHART HERE
 
 
I know that time is tight.  I know that you are busy.  I know that your kids need to get to bed early.  I know that they will ask you “Mommy, will you lay with me?” at the end of the day.   I also know that if you skip out on reading nightly, your child will slowly fall behind.  Give your child the best advantage and read with them- twenty minutes a night.  Thank you for taking the time to invest in your child!   They will thank you… one day! 

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About Becky Mansfield

Blogger at YourModernFamily.com and Mommy to four kids - ages 8, 6, 4 and 2. Becky loves being home with her kids and loves encouraging them to use their imaginations! She was a teacher and is a play therapist, so she loves to teach them through play. Becky is the author of Potty Train in a Weekend and You Can be a Stay at Home Mom on One Income. She can also be found on Bloggingontheside.com, where she shares blogging tips.