Improving your kids Reading Comprehension

January 21, 2018 Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Google+ Library User Group,Sarah Denson


As media programs increases and children become subject to an increasing degree of information here and there, reading has been substituted oftentimes with other stimuli. Despite devices such as tablets and e-readers, kids simply aren’t reading that much today. Because of this, the development of reading comprehension has fallen accordingly.


These situations are troubling because the value of reading and reading comprehension has not dropped. In one troubling statistic, experts estimate that as much as 2/3 of students who reach the 4th grade without learning reading comprehension might experience poverty. Those children who develop strong literacy skills earn good grades, better attendance. As adults, literate kids turn get better jobs, earn a higher income.


The Complex Procedure for Reading


Reading is one of the very most complex brain processes, where we decode symbols to derive meaning. A lot more than words on a page, reading engages the mind’s experience, language, knowledge, values, and behavior. Beyond simply spotting words and understanding them in a phrase, readers must have the ability to place what he or she reads into a context which makes a whole lot of sense. The only way to understand reading is by practicing, but even comprehensive practice at reading will not ensure the development of effective reading comprehension.


The Need for Reading Comprehension


As adults, people read for various reasons. Some read for pleasure or to know about current happenings. Some read to increase their skills and abilities. Often we read within the context of our job. Unless we’re able to understand whatever we read, however, we’ve little hope of accomplishing some of those goals. For kids, the stakes are higher. Learning is cumulative, specifically for small children, and each piece of information builds on the ones that came before it. In other to learn to progress, your kid must effectively understand what she reads.


A universal problem in colleges and the place of work nowadays is known as functional illiteracy, wherein a person does possess the capability to read but, because understanding is poor, little or no comprehension or value is achieved.


Helping your kids Increase Their Reading Comprehension


Parents can help a child to increase his/her reading comprehension skills in lots of ways. Talking with them about their knowledge of what they have just read is important, however, the process can start even before the child starts to open a book. Go through the subject with them and discuss what the book is talking about. Ask them what they understand about the topic, or what they think they might learn. Encourage them to discuss passages or what makes them confused. Finally, ask them to connect what they have read to their own life experience. You’ll find a number of helpful instructional programs to improve their reading comprehension. This is important for startups and also for struggling teenage readers. Look for ways to make reading a fun activity for them, while helping them develop these important skills, will ensure a lifetime enjoyment in the company of books.


Sarah Denson

Library User Group

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