Start With Purpose, End With Progress
We all know how important reading is. It is so much more than calling words on a page. If you've had a chance to pick up my debut children's book, Barrington Learns to Read, then you've seen one way to make this comprehension game a little less stressful.
As I work with children within the Pretty Geeky Kids Club, as well as those I mentor outside of it, I realize this issue won't be fixed over night. So, I've decided to really focus my efforts on teaching parents how to impact their child's reading abilities from home. You may have seen some of this information before in your own research. However, I felt it necessary to start from the beginning. I don't want to assume and I don't want to overlook.
READ FOR EXPERIENCE
One of the most important reasons to read is to for the experience. There are several types of literary works, ranging from fiction, non-fiction, drama, and poetry. As we experience each, we are providing ourselves with the opportunity to see things from different perspectives. The more you read, the more you expand and expose your imagination.
Tip: Create an in-home library. Compare reading to adventure, and make it fun. The goal here to foster a love for books and the new experiences therein.
READ TO LEARN
Not only are you reading for the experience, you are reading to expand your mind with the intentions of using the information at a later date. This is most common when reading textbooks and non-fiction material, but it is also applicable to other literary work in the case of comprehension assessment.
Tip: Ask questions. The question stems differ slightly when discussing fiction versus non-fiction. Get a copy and discuss them with your child. Make sure they're able to distinguish between what's real and what's make believe. Knowing the difference may aid them in gaining a deeper level of understanding, ultimately preparing them for later recall.
READ FOR INFORMATION
When reading for information, we are usually searching for an answer. In order to find the answer, we must be able to process information, infer, and read context clues. All of which we will discuss at a later date.
Tip: Start teaching your son or daughter now how to answer questions using the text. This involves understanding vocabulary. The more words they're able to define, the better equipped they are to understand what the author is trying to communicate.
If you'd like a copy of the question stems for fiction versus non-fiction passages, click next door and join the club. Our guide gives you three ways to impact your child's reading comprehension as well as the questions to ask by grade level.
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Until next time, happy learning!