Schools are promoting 20 minutes or more of reading per night—but why?

Reading to your child from an early age (even as early as only a few months old) and beyond develops a lasting love for reading, parent-child bond, improved social skills, academic success, and improved behavior.

Low literacy levels are a high indicator to teachers of a child’s potential behavioral issues. The thought process behind this focuses on the struggle young students will have compared to those with improved literacy skills. A child who fails to understand concepts or assignments is more likely to become frustrated. They are also less likely to have a strong support system at home to help them form the needed understanding of assignments; furthering their frustration and struggle to keep up with their classmates.

As a child falls behind in class, they are more likely to become disruptive. A 2006 study conducted at the Stanford University’s School of Education of low-income elementary school children found strong a correlation between low literacy achievement in the first grade with a high level of aggressive and disruptive behavior by the third grade. Also, those in 3rd grade still struggling academically and with reading were observed having more aggressive behavior by 5th grade.

Essentially, when a child feels “left behind” academically, they become more discouraged with their schooling and are more likely to act out and act out more often.

Unfortunately, the progression of behavioral issues observed by the Stanford University’s study (from first to third and from third to fifth grade) only gets worse as the child ages and the disruptive behavior lasts well into adulthood—impacting their livelihood and even criminal record.

  • Teens who cannot read at their grade level are four times less likely to graduate.
  • 75% of adults who are unemployed have low literacy understanding.
  • 70% of those who are incarcerated also have low literacy.

While teachers can help promote reading and encourage children to find reading more exciting and can develop a classroom suited to improving literacy—the benefits stop when the child leaves the classroom, if the same encouragement, support, and attempts to read each night are not continued at home.

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