If children are reading the words, but not understanding what they’re reading, then they’re not really reading. Educators call this “word calling” and it is a significant issues. Reading comprehension is an essential component of literacy, and until children have mastered this component, they are not fully literate.
The good news is that with reading comprehension practice, this essential component is easily developed.
Ways to improve your child’s reading comprehension
• Read a story aloud to your child without asking questions
• Then, at regular points, start a short summary of what you have just read.
• Have your child complete (“fill in”) the summary
For example, “so the boy was hoping to get to the cave but he …”
• Then have your child say the complete (short) summary
For example, “so the boy was hoping to get to the cave but he could not find it.”
This gives children the opportunity to speak in long, sophisticated sentences and that does wonders for verbal skills.
For more reading comprehension practice, visit our reading comprehension activities page to download free worksheets.
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