I come from a family of readers. For us, there is not much that is better than curling up on the couch and losing ourselves in a good book. I would be very happy if all the children in my world also learned to love reading. In order to enjoy reading the children should enjoy some fluency and have good reading comprehension.
Ways to Promote Reading Comprehension:
You can do a simple activity related to the book. For instance, if your child likes to read The Magic Tree House books do a companion activity before reading the book.
Talk about what the book is about.
Preview any new or difficult vocabulary words.
Talk about structure words: Who, What, Where, Size, Shape, Number, Mood, When, Color, Why and How.
While You Read:
Use the structure words to ask questions and guide the child’s answers.
Guide the child to pay attention to key words, such as sequencing words or words that repeat in the text.
Ask questions as you read. Start with simple questions that are easily answered by the text that was just read. Move on to inference questions like, “What do you think will happen next?”, “How would you feel if that happened to you?” or “Why do you think the character did that?”
Ask the child to sequence the events as you read.
Ask the child to summarize what has happened so far in the book.
Have the child draw pictures about what they are reading.
After You Read:
Make a story map. Include beginning, middle and end in the story map.
Have the child retell the story in their own words.
Do a companion art activity.
Ask the child what the author’s purpose is for this book. Is it informative, persuasive or entertaining?
Have the child review the book. Did they like the book? If so, why and what parts were their favorite? Is there something that they would change about the book?
Act out a scene from the book.
In order to make reading comprehension more fun we like to play games.
Enjoy our printable READING COMPREHENSION TREASURE HUNT GAME.
We used the new Dyslexie font for this reading comprehension game hoping that it would make reading it easier. Tell us how your readers respond to this font. We are very curious to know what people think.
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