As a teacher it never fails to amaze me how many children can read or at least “call” words, but don’t have any earthly idea about what it is they just read. Our emphasis on phonics is paying off big time, but we also need to develop vocabulary and comprehension skills. I’d like to share a few ideas on how to do that in the next few weeks. The first idea is take a “picture walk.” Make sure you are familiar with the story before you begin. Show the cover page and ask your child to tell you all the things he/she observes in the picture and ask your child what he/she thinks this book will be about. Then go page by page covering up the print and asking your child to predict what the story is about after each page. This sets a really good tone for beginning readers and they will be excited to see how accurate their predictions are. This takes time, but it pays off. You can do this occasionally to build your child’s skills of observation and prediction. The kids usually enjoy it and do a great job! Happy reading!

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3 Responses to “Helping Your Child with Reading Comprehension”

  1. Ronnica Says:

    I’m a part of a “book nook” book club too!

  2. Mom2fur Says:

    You are so smart to help your children with reading comprehension at an early age. I’m 52, a published author, and I still have trouble with comprehension. I don’t read the paper because it’s too confusing to me (and too liberal, anyway, LOL), and if I read a non-fiction book I sometimes have to read paragraphs several times to ‘get it.’ Starting early is the best thing…it is a gift you’re giving your children that they will keep for the rest of their lives.

  3. Chi Crew Says:

    Just how do I start a debate presentation against video games. Needed ASAP?

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