The main purpose in learning to read is to understand what you are reading. This isn't always an easy task for children. Some of them need time to develop this skill. When listening to your child read aloud, you might notice that he/she reads each word correctly. However, this does not necessarily mean they are comprehending the text. Listed below are some comprehension strategies to help your child develop a better understanding of what he/she is reading.
- Have your child make predictions prior to and during reading. (Upper grades - have your child frequently confirm his/her predictions using evidence from the text.)
- After reading a few pages, stop and ask your child to retell some of the major events.
- If your child is unable to retell information about the text, reread the text with your child and discuss what it was about.
- Visualize - Have your child practice making a picture in his/her head using the descriptive language from the text.
- Have your child use picture clues.
- Have your child use context clues - encourage your child to use information from what he/she has read to identify unknown words and their meanings.
- Have your child make connections between his/her prior knowledge and the text.