What is reading comprehension and why is it important?
Quite simply reading equals thinking. In order to truly read and understand, a reader must be thinking about the meaning of the text. Here are 5 simple ways to improve your child’s reading comprehension.
Build their Background Knowledge
Particularly children who struggle as readers, comprehension is a big deal. Comprehension of a text starts before the child even opens the book. Before they start to read they should know what they are going to read about. Look at the title, cover images, synopsis of the book. What do they perhaps know about the topic? Do they think they know what might happen in the story.
Before they start reading find out the child’s background knowledge of the particular topic in the story. Perhaps spend time talking to them, expanding their knowledge. It is always wise to have at least a little background knowledge on a subject to assist with understanding.
How fluently a child can read the text also affects comprehension. If a text is too hard the child will be spending too much time on simply reading the words and lose the understanding of the text. The child feels pressured to read clearly and is unable to focus on what they are actually reading. Avoid this problem by ensuring the text is age or ability appropriate. Fluency can be built by re-reading texts once they have an understanding.
Widen their Vocabulary
As you build on a background knowledge of a topic start introducing and widening their vocabulary. Having a wide vocabulary is one of the best ways to more easily understand.
Read Different Kinds of Texts
Make sure your child reads a variety of both fiction and non-fiction texts. The format and structure of writing is different. Also as they grow older read across a wide variety of genres and subjects.
Provide After Reading Activities
After reading introduce activities relating to the book and topic to increase their understanding. Perhaps talk about the opposite effects or conclusions from the story and what the child might do in that different scenario.
Exploring and digging indepth is not only great for reading comprehension but introduces development of knowledge which will hold them in good stead when they start to explore the next topic.
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