“Reading, like playing a musical instrument or speaking a second language or exercising, involves habit,” says Dr. Naomi Baron, Professor of Linguistics at American University in Washington, DC and author of Words Onscreen: The Fate of Reading in a Digital World (Oxford University Press). To read Dr. Baron’s full essay, “Make Books a Daily Habit: Why Regular Reading Matters, Especially in Print” and for more insights on the benefits of learning with paper see the Paper and Productive Learning Report: The Third Annual Back-to-School Report.
The 15 Pages A Day program, launching just in time for the back-to-school season, offers parents, students and teachers a way to participate by pledging to read 15 print pages a day.
How Can People Participate? Take the Pledge!
Pledge to read at least 15 pages a day in print to realize the benefits of reading on paper. More details on how to take the pledge can be found at howlifeunfolds.com/15pages. Participants can also share their involvement and invite their friends to take the pledge by using #15Pages.
The Benefits of Reading on Paper Each Day
- Current research indicates that taking notes by hand on paper aids memory and recollection.
- According to another recent study, “the findings show that people who regularly read and write have a markedly slower decline in memory than people who don’t.”
Increased Language/Mental Development
- The American Library Association has found that “students who read independently become better readers, score higher on achievement tests in all subject areas, and have greater content knowledge than those who do not.”
- Reading aloud for 15 minutes a day aids language development, instills a love of reading and increases understanding of how knowledge is gained and shared.
To learn more about the 15 Pages A Day reading program, please visit: http://www.howlifeunfolds.com/