5 Reading Comprehension Tips for Parents and Homeschoolers
Reading comprehension – ensuring that readers understand
We help our children to learn letters and then letter sounds. We sit with them while they read their first words and we share their excitement as they become readers. As this amazing transformation takes place, we should remember the goal of reading: comprehension. It is not enough to be able to read words, readers must be able to understand the words they are reading.
You may be interested in Storytime Standouts’ page about comprehension.
With very young children, we can take steps to support reading comprehension by asking
• for predictions and guesses: “How do you think this story will end?” or “What will the bears do when they discover Goldilocks?”
• about the story problem: “What problem did the peddler solve in Caps for Sale ?”
• how a problem was solved: “How did the Prince find his dancing partner in Cinderella?”
• what happened in the beginning, the middle and the end: “What did Goldilocks do first in Goldilocks and the Three Bears ?”
• your child’s opinion: “Which version of The Three Billy Goats Gruff
do you like best?”