Tips on How to Improve Reading Comprehension
Reading fluency is the main objective for kids learning how to read. Adults want to know that the child can read text at a good pace of so many words per minute. Usually with accurate reading fluency, comprehension of the material will take care of itself. This means that if the child can read correctly, then most of the time they will be able to understand the material and answer questions about it appropriately.
However, there is a small percentage of the population that has reading comprehension problems even while they are able to read the text fluently. If this sounds like your child, do not be discouraged. Below are tips on how to improve reading comprehension for all kinds of text.
Read More Often
One of the main reasons that a child has trouble understanding text is because they do not read often enough. The more practice they get and the more hours they read, the better their mind develops these skills. If a child is seldom reading, they are going to keep on struggling. Make it a priority that they always have a book to read.
Summarize What You Read
Just about the toughest skill for a child to learn is summarizing. In fact, even adults have a problem with it. If you happen to ask the wrong person how their day was going, you could spend the next twenty minutes listening to them talk incessantly. If your child is having difficulty answering questions about the text, ask them to try summarizing the story instead.
Go Back and Find the Answers
The great thing about books is that if the child does not quite understand something, they can always go back and reread it. Or if they are asked a certain question about the text, they can go back and look for the answer. Kids do not have to settle for not knowing something as long as they have the will to go back and find the answer themself.
Discuss the Story
With just like all things in life, finding someone to discuss things with helps for comprehension. Read a story with your child and talk it over as each page turns. Ask them specific questions about the text and if they can identify with certain characters from the story. All these questions you ask them now will have them thinking on their own later on.