It happens to us all! What’s “it” you may ask? We ask children to read something, but they can’t tell us about what they read. Many students (and adults) struggle with reading comprehension. There are many things that we can do to increase reading comprehension.
I will continuously share tips on this topic, so let’s start here:
- Read the text more than twice. Children often rush through what they’re asked to read. This is why we should encourage them to read more than twice. This works for short bodies of text; I am not suggesting that a child read a book more than once (smile). How can we do this?
Adult: I’m so glad that you read that! Make me happy by reading that again. Let’s see how much more we learn this time around.
2. Ask your child to tell you about two things they read. Take a few minutes to dialogue about what was read. This is a simple recall strategy and it shouldn’t take much time.
3. Ask your child to write 1-2 sentences about what they read. Now that they have read and talked about it, it’s time to write about it!
Once children read, it’s important to engage them in academic conversation. It’s great to talk about what we read as adults and even more so for children. Then writing about what they read shouldn’t be too difficult and it gives them another opportunity to process what they have read.
Watch this video to view a quick overview of these tips:
Are these tips helpful? Are they easy to understand? Try it out and let me know how it goes! Comment below…