By Ethan Del Campo, Staff Intern
Do you read the recommended 20 minutes a day minimum?
We have been told since elementary school that reading is very important. Maybe with all the rigors of classwork and studies the answer to that question may be no, but it is important to take time to sit down and read a good book or two as often as you can.
Scholastic has a chart indicating that a student who reads 20 minutes a day will be exposed to 1.8 million words per year and is more likely to score in the 90th percentile on standardized testing. A student who reads five minutes a day will be exposed to 282,000 words per year and is more likely to score in the 50th percentile on standardized testing, and a student who reads only one minute a day is only exposed to 8,000 words per year and is likely score in the 10th percentile on standardized testing. Rather staggering differences.
Libraries are now shut down due to COVID-19, but it is important to continue to enrich your mind and read. Maybe you can download books to your e-reader. Since I won’t be taking out any new books to read any time soon, I have decided to round up some of my favorites in my personal library from the past few years and read them over again.
Rather than play a video game or be on social media before bed pick up a good book. You will find reading relaxes your mind right before bed and helps you fall asleep. I urge you to give it a try and see if it works.