Comprehension is the ability to understand and interpret what is being read. For a child to comprehend the text, they must be able to read fluently, understand vocabulary, and make connections between what they read and what they already know. Comprehension allows a child to develop the necessary skills and knowledge to become a competent reader. It goes beyond recalling words off of a page. When a child lacks comprehension skills, it affects their academic success.
Here are a few signs that will let you know that your child is having difficulty in the area of comprehension:
- It takes them a long time to read the text.
- They hate reading.
- They are unable to ask and answer questions based on the text.
- They are unable to summarize what the text was about.
- The child is unable to identify key facts from the text.
Here are some suggestions to assist your child with comprehension:
- Let your child use graphic organizers during reading time. It’s a visual learning strategy that supports them in organizing their thinking and writing process and helps them demonstrate their knowledge about a topic. Click here for a free website for graphic organizers.
- Get them excited about reading and help them make connections to the text.
- Chunk the text into paragraphs and have the child summarize what they’ve read.
- When your child is answering questions about the text, have them go back to the book to highlight and identify the answer.
- Discuss the meaning of unknown words.
- Ask open-ended questions such as, “What do you think the author is trying to convey in this text? You can purchase comprehension cards here.
- Annotate the text. Allow the child to use sticky notes and/or write in the book. It allows the child to comment, ask questions, and mark events/passages he/she wants to revisit.
The end goal of reading comprehension is to help students develop the necessary skills to become competent readers.
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