Just Take 20 for Families


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As parents, it’s important to promote and establish the value of lifelong literacy. Knowing where to start, however, can be a challenge. Studies show that it only takes 20 minutes per day to vastly improve a child’s reading ability. In one year, a child who reads 20 minutes a day is exposed to 1.8 million words. For children who only read 5 minutes per day outside of school, the number of words they’re exposed to drops to 282,000. Download the materials you need to encourage your child to read outside the classroom. By utilizing the information found on this site, you’ll be equipped with the information you need to provide literacy support for your child's love of reading.

Did You Know?

“When parents are involved in their children’s education at home, they do better in school. And when parents are involved in school, children go farther in school and the schools they go to are better.”

What can I do?

Just take 20 minutes each day to perform one of the simple activities found on the JT20 website. There are numerous activities and strategies to choose from, each designed for a grade level cluster: K-2, 3-5, 6-8 or 9-12. You have many to choose from and you decide which ones are right for you. Just choose the topics that interest you and create a unique family plan of activities to get started. Don’t hesitate to repeat activities that were especially enjoyable. The goal is to develop a love of reading in our youth that leads to lifelong literacy.

Why Family Matters (PDF)