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Literacy is an important part of student learning. A large part of becoming a fluent reader is to practice reading everyday for a minimum of 20 minutes. Readers who read a minimum of 20 minutes daily are exposed to around 1.8 million words per year according to Sally Shaywitz, M.D. in Overcoming Dyslexia (2003) compared to readers who read for 1 minute daily (8,000) words per year.

Students who read daily, build a stronger vocabulary while storing words for quicker recognition. Early readers begin storing images of letters, then larger chunks of printed words and begin storing whole words. A fluent reader has a “warehouse” of stored words that are automatically retrieved while reading. Readers need to be exposed to new words four or more times before storing them in their long term memory (Shaywitz, 2003). Fluent readers have a large vocabulary to use as a resource while reading.

Readers whose test scores were above the 90th percentile, read more than 20 minutes per day. Those whose test scores were in the 50th percentile read less than 4.6 minutes daily. (Shaywitz, 2003).

Reading is not a natural process. Reading uses three parts of the brain, therefore, practice is how fluent readers developed those skills.

If you have any questions regarding reading, the process or how to support your student(s), feel free to contact me!

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