Students who start reading for 20 minutes nightly in Kindergarten will have read for the equivalent of 60 days by the end of 6th grade. Students who read for 5 minutes nightly will have read for 12 days. Students who read for 1 minute nightly will have read for 3 days. Look at the results. Such a small sacrifice that yields HUGE dividends. We practice sports to become better at the games we play. We practice music to become better too. Reading works the same way….just practice!
The current definition from the International Dyslexia Association states:
“Dyslexia is a specific learning disability that is neurological in origin. It is characterized by difficulties with accurate and/or fluent word recognition and by poor spelling and decoding abilities. These difficulties typically result from a deficit in the phonological component of language that is often unexpected in relation to other cognitive abilities and the provision of effective classroom instruction. Secondary consequences may include problems in reading comprehension and reduced reading experience that can impede growth of vocabulary and background knowledge.”