Why is reading so important?
“Research supports the fact that during primary and elementary grades, even a small amount of independent reading helps increase students’ reading comprehension, vocabulary growth, spelling facility, understanding of grammar, and knowledge of the world. Research also shows that a variety of means can be used to measure exposure to print, such as diary records of amount of time spent reading, author recognition, title recognition, and activity preference checklists. ”
Based on generally accepted research, Columbus teachers have agreed that all students are expected to read for 30-45 minutes on a daily basis in addition to their normal homework and classwork.