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I came across a great article on Edudemic called The Long-Term Effects of Skipping Your Reading Homework. It’s of particular interest to me, and hopefully the parents of my students, as I have recently re-introduced home readers into the grade 3/4 class I am currently teaching. In short the article illustrates very well the need for reading at home. 

The idea that reading is fundamental to education is of course not new. But the idea that everything a child needs to learn, is learnt at school, is. Some parents seem to believe that the responsibility for a child’s learning rests solely on the shoulders of teachers and schools. To be fair to parents, this is an idea that has been encouraged by governments both in North American and the UK. It’s simply not true, learning is a collaborative experience between teachers, students and parents. 

Of course, teachers should and do carry the responsibility for the learning they foster in schools. This is as it should be. However, if a child is to maximize their learning potential, there needs to be parental participation in their education. At its most basic, and perhaps it’s most useful, is the idea of spending 15-30 minutes each day reading with their child. 

Here is the link to the article. Please let me know what you think in the comments below. 

(DeLoatch, Pamela. ‘The Long-Term Effects of Skipping Your Reading Homework.’ N.p., 14 Apr. 2015. Web. 19 Apr. 2015. <>.)


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