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Strategies to Improve Your Child’s Reading Comprehension



Reading at home is one way to help improve your child’s reading fluency and comprehension. Reading with your child and spending 15-20 minutes a night for beginner readers will dramatically improve their skills. When you read with your child it can help to provide enthusiasm and encouragement. Set an example for your child by reading ... Continue Reading

Reading at home is one way to help improve your child’s reading fluency and comprehension. Reading with your child and spending 15-20 minutes a night for beginner readers will dramatically improve their skills. When you read with your child it can help to provide enthusiasm and encouragement. Set an example for your child by reading either to them or with them. Children who see their parents read see the importance of it and develop good skills that follow them into adulthood. The following are some suggestions to help make reading a fun activity:

* Make reading fun by using different voices.

* Take turns reading and do a sentence switch.

* Echo read – read a sentence and have your child repeat it.

* Incorporate reading into family time.

* Fluency requires practice and reading the same story or passage at least 5 times.

* Understanding how to divide words into syllables can be helpful in decoding words.

With winter and cold temperatures upon us, kids don’t always have a lot of options for indoor entertainment. It is definitely hard to compete with all the newest and latest forms of technology such as computers, tablets, smartphones, not to mention to mention the excellent graphics on the new games for X-box and PlayStation. This would be a good time to limit the usage of technological devices and encourage reading.

Try incorporating reading into family time. Some families have designated a specific night for family time that could include game night or even something as simple as reading together. Kids will enjoy the quality time while doing a fun activity. Reading with your child will not only help with fluency, but it will also help improve comprehension and understanding if you take the time to discuss the story. Make it a family experience, one to share and enjoy together and the memories will stay with them as they improve their skills and develop good habits.

Understanding and Comprehension Tips:

If a child reads quickly but doesn’t understand what they have read, then they should consider the following:

* Primary grade students can take a picture walk of the book.

* Make predictions prior to reading which helps to get the students involved and

thinking.

* Have a group discussion and ask questions during the reading process.

* After reading the book, you can describe and sequence in order the details from the story.

* Have students think of the five W’s: who, what, why, when, where and how. If they can think of the details of the story it will help to give them a better understanding of what actually happened.

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