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Why 20 Minutes of Reading Every Night Is Too Important To Skip!

Thank you to Sandy Eiges of L.A. School Scout for having me as a guest contributor to her newsletter with the blog post below!  You can learn more about Sandy’s School Placement services at

After a full school day and afternoon activity, most kids understandably want to get their homework done as fast as possible and then chill out. But parents, please don’t skip the 20 minutes of nightly reading! Reading develops literacy which is vital for communication, perspective, problem solving, and finding new areas of interest.

A study of elementary school students revealed that students learn word meanings from context during daily reading. It was determined that daily reading results in reliable gains in knowledge at all grade and ability levels

This is demonstrated by examining three 6th graders: Alice reads for 20 minutes each day. By doing so, she will have read for 3600 minutes and read 1,800,000 words during the school year. In comparison, Betty reads 5 minutes each day, which means she will have read for 900 minutes and read 282,000 words during the school year. And for further comparison, Carol reads for 1 minute each day, which means she has read for 180 minutes and read 8,000 words per school year.

By the end of 6th grade, Alice will have read the equivalent of 60 school days. Betty will have read for 12 school days and Carol will have read for three hours of a school day. Which student is likely to have a bigger vocabulary? Which student is likely to have more success in school?

So have your child read to themselves, read to you, or you can read to your child. If your child is an emerging reader, you can take turns each reading a page. The key is to make nightly reading pleasurable! If your child enjoys being read to, allow them to choose the book and cuddle up as you read. By being read to, your child can enjoy the book without the stress of decoding the words. If possible, choose a hardbound book because the tactile component allows a child to “see” the beginning, middle and the end of a book. Make daily reading part of your child’s day. The payoff is truly measurable!

If making sure your child reads for 20 minutes a day is making you feel overwhelmed, let’s talk about it! Please give me a call at 310-849-6751 or send me an email at

Best,                                                                                                                                                                                    Jeri




Summer Interventions to Maintain/Increase Reading Skills

I had the distinct pleasure of attending the IDA-LA Pasadena Parent Group on April 12. IDA-LA is the International Dyslexia Association, Los Angeles Branch, a non-profit organization with the mission of raising awareness and understanding of dyslexia, promoting effective practices and supporting individuals with dyslexia, their families and professionals. At the meeting, Educational Therapists Barb Langeloh and Janel Umfress shared the following suggestions for summer interventions for children and teens with the goal of maintaining and increasing reading skills:

Overall Goal: The enjoyment of reading and the development of literacy. Janel defined Literacy as more than just reading and writing, but as a form of communication, perspective, problem solving and an avenue to explore areas of interest.

Key: Read aloud to your child. By reading to your child, you can create a love of text without the burden of decoding. When reading is pleasurable, it feels less threatening.

Key: Provide your child hardbound books as doing so encourages deeper thinking, according to research. The tactile component is vital; it allows the reader to see the beginning, middle and end.

Key: Take your child to the library or bookstore and allow them to choose their own books. Use the “5 Finger Rule for the Right Fit” strategy: If there are five words on a page that a child is unable to read, the book is not the right fit.

Key: Barb suggested that, if at all possible, have your child work with a trained interventionist in a one-to-one session. The method that the interventionist uses (Orton-Gillingham, Slingerland, Wilson, Lindamood-Bell, Barton) is less important that having a TRAINED interventionist who uses a sequential and multi-sensory method.

Key: Plan ahead for summer interventions. For true progress, your child needs to meet with interventionist at least three times per week at a consistent rate throughout the summer. When finding the right interventionist for their child, parents should ask interventionist for a “try-out” session (short session, 20-30 minutes) to see if it is a good fit.

For more information about IDA-LA’s Parent Support groups, please visit

If your child has dyslexia, or you think your child may have dyslexia, and you are feeling overwhelmed, I am here to help! Please give me a call at 310-849-6751 or send me an email at

All my best,                                                                                                                                                                   Jeri