This brings us to the "Matthew Effect in Reading", where good readers read more, leading to greater volumes of reading, resulting in even better reading skills. Conversely, poor readers experience reading difficulties, will read less and have poor reading experiences. The chart below shows the differences in reading skill development for children with foundational reading skills compared to children without the critical foundation skills.
In an interesting study done by Anderson, Wilson, and Fielding (1988), the researchers looked at the amount of time grade 5 students spent reading while not in school, and the results of this finding was astounding. A grade 5 child at the 90th percentile reads on average 227 times more than a child in the 10th percentile! Below is a chart briefly summarizing their results:
Percentile Time Spent Reading (mins/day) Words Read Per Year
98 65.0 4,358,000
90 21.1 1,823,000
80 14.2 1,146,000
70 9.6 622,000
60 6.5 432,000
50 4.6 282,000
40 3.2 200,000
30 1.3 106,000
20 0.7 21,000
10 0.1 8,000
2 0.0 0
As you can see, a child in the top 90th percentile reads 1.8 million words per year compared to just 8,000 words for a child in the bottom 10th percentile. The difference is astounding.
Teach Your Child to Read Today
By the time our children were 4 years old, they were spending around 15 minutes each day on independent reading, and reading at a grade 3 level. This is not a typo, nor is it an exaggeration. We taught our children to read before they turned 3 years old, and they have mastered one of the most important skills very early on that will have long lasting benefits for the rest of their lives.
We had developed our own super simple and extremely effective learn to read program that makes it simple and possible to teach very young children to read. Our Children Learning Reading program shows you super effective methods and techniques to help your child develop phonemic awareness, and it is also a complete reading program that allows you to easily and effectively teach your child to read, and help your child develop fast and fluent reading skills
If you have a few minutes to spare, please carefully watch our presentation video below to learn more about our Children Learning Reading program.