Why Read 20 Minutes a Day?
Studies show that the more children read, the better readers they become. In one study, children who read 20 or more minutes per day scored in or above the 90th percentile; those who read less than 10 minutes scored below the 75th percentile.*
But it's not simply about reading more. Children who are actively engaged as they read—thinking about what they are reading versus looking passively at the words on the page—have been shown to regularly outperform children who are less engaged in what they are reading.
Use our tips, activities and printables to help children develop a lifelong love of reading!
Reading to Toddlers
Our reading expert has tips for parents whose toddlers won't sit still!
Have fun learning about letters with these easy at-home activities.
Teaching Kids to Read
"How can I teach my child to read?" is the most common question we hear from parents!
Sight Word Games
Play reading games with flashcards to make learning sight words fun.
Try these activities to make writing practice fun.
Learning to Spell
Learn the stages and strategies for helping your child develop good spelling skills.
Reading Activities & Printables
Short Vowel Scavenger Hunt
Search for the short vowel sounds in these 5 printables based on the popular Tag Junior Book Set: Get Ready to Read.
Letter Factory Coloring Book
These coloring pages featuring the popular Letter Factory characters will help your child learn and remember the letter sounds.
Make a set of "alphabet drops" and help your child learn the letters while staying active.
Winning Words Word Search
Word searches like this help reinforce spelling skills.
Secret Message: You Make Me Smile
While decoding the secret message your child will be working on identifying and writing the initial letter in a word, important skills for reading and spelling.
*NICHD (2000). Report of the National Reading Panel: Teaching children to read: An evidence-based assessment of the scientific research literature on reading and its implications for reading instruction (NIH Publication N. 00-4769). Washington D. C., U.S. Government Printing Office.
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