This is an excellent article about why teachers are always telling your child he or she has 20 minutes of reading homework each evening. I think the key is not to make reading a homework assignment, but to make it a fun family time each day. Everyone can do their 20 minutes of reading at the same time, either reading a book together or reading separately, but in the same general area. Your children should see you reading as well. What a fun way to spend family time!