Three Best Ways to Improve Your Child's Reading Comprehension

Reading comprehension is made up of a three-step process, each one leading to the other. The first step is being able to identify the facts and ideas in the things that we read. After recognizing ideas and facts, the second step is understanding them. The third step is critical thinking. Despite the word "critical," critical thinking doesn't mean the ability to point out flaws or mistakes. What it really means is the ability to assess the ideas being presented, whether they are reasonable or not.


Provide context. Do you ever ask yourself what movie trailers really do for the audience? Sure, they build up the hype and the anticipation, which makes them great at drawing in a crowd to watch the film. But aside from that, movie trailers give the audience an idea of what to expect, and how they're supposed to understand the film they're going to watch. While it's true that you can just hand a book to a child without any explanation and expect him to read it, it's unlikely that he will. The best thing to do is to give him some idea what it's about. This will not only make him excited about it, it will also help him think about what he's reading. What you say can completely change the way he understands the story.

Encourage your child to ask questions. When your child asks questions, it's one of the best signs that he's interested and he understands enough to know there's more to learn. If you're reading to him, and your child interrupts to ask you a question, always answer him right away. A child doesn't have a long attention span. If you leave his question for later, either he'll forget it, or he won't pay attention to the rest of the story because he's just waiting for an answer.
Take time to assess your child's reading experience. Assessment doesn't sound like something a child can do, but actually, it can boil down to questions as simple as, "Did you like the story?" Then you can ask, "What did you like about it?" Or if your child didn't think it was so great, you can ask, "What didn't you like about it?" Younger children are usually very concrete about what they like or don't like.

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