Today I want to discuss how to improve reading comprehension for kids because I recently spent some time working on this with my son. It’s not that kids don’t remember the things that they read either.
They remember what time their favorite show comes on; they read and comprehend text messages, so what gives right. Simply put, we were all kids at one time and kids even though you just want the best for them, are only interested in kid things.
Relating: My first tip on how to improve reading comprehension for kids is instead of making them read material that you know won’t interest them, start with something they like.
Take some time, sit with each of your kids privately, and ask them if they have some, ideas of what they want to do when they get older. Don’t expect a single answer; this is to just give you some info on what your kids are into.
Explain to your child how the people that made the game have to remember things everyday and how if they don’t remember, when you put your game in it may not work right. Ask them if they would be upset if their game didn’t work all because one person forgot what they were supposed to do.
Comprehension: Reading comprehension is not an automatic skill that you are born with. It has to be learned and should actually be called memory comprehension.
Reading Aloud: This is also one of the things that I found useful while teaching my son to remember the things that he read.
While reading aloud instead of just telling your child how to say a word that they stumble on, tell them what the word means. The definition as well as the information they just read will be stored in the memory.
If you have an older child, this same method will also work. Instead of using the paragraph method, have your child read a single page at a time. I recommend that you read the page first so that when your child describes the details to you, you know they comprehend the story correctly.
Lastly, as a parent, you must take more responsibility, especially when you know that your kids are struggling with reading comprehension. Learning does not stop at the end of the school day.
School teachers on average have 30 kids in each of their classes. They can only do so much in the limited time they spend with your kids. You on the other hand spend more time with your kids than anyone.
This problem won’t go away or work itself out. In fact, the longer you wait the worse your child’s reading comprehension will become.