20 Minutes a Day

The Magic of Reading 20 Minutes A Day

A Letter to Parents from  Dr. Maxine Huffman

Did you know that you are your children’s first and most important teacher? It’s true! While this can feel like a rather serious responsibility, it is also the most rewarding part of being a parent! You may be surprised by the magic you can generate reading to and with your children just 20 minutes a day.

What’s more, the 20 minutes need not be covered in one sitting. Any combination of chunks of time will work, as long as the total number of minutes equals 20.  In these magical minutes you can:

  • Strengthen your precious bond with your children.
  • Prepare your children for success in school and a lifetime of learning.
  • Take a key step in raising your children to be happy, thriving adults who improve the quality of life in our community.
  • Model good reading practices for your children and they will develop a love of reading as well!

And…don’t stop reading aloud to and with your children once they become independent readers! Develop a reading tradition that will continue to enrich your children’s education for many years to come! In many families, reading together is part of the bedtime routine, just like brushing their teeth. Children actually look forward to bedtime, and sharing a good story is a great way to help everyone relax and wind down at the end of the day.

How lucky your children are to have you as their first and most important teacher and a willingness to give only 20 minutes a day to their reading…and their futures. Need some ideas on good books to start with? Check out my reading list for parents here.

Your Biggest Fan,

Dr. Maxine Huffman

Dr. Maxine Huffman

As a teacher myself, I know the optimal learning environment for children is created when teachers and parents are working together. Therefore, we have an obligation
to educate the parents.

—Dr. Maxine Huffman
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