maplewoodmar asks:

How to improve reading comprehension?

My 1st grader is a good reader technically, but has a difficult time digesting and explaining what she's read. Any advice for helping her improve her comprehension? Thanks!
In Topics: Helping my child with reading
> 60 days ago

hlevitan , Teacher writes:
Hi Maplewoodmar,

It is very common for readers to be able to accurately and smoothly pronounce the words they read and still have difficulty understanding the content.  It is important for you to read together with her and model active reading strategies.  After each paragraph/each page, ask your child probing questions that will allow her to interact with the text.  Active readers dialogue with the text, which is integral for comprehension.  Making predictions, summarizing events, drawing on previous experiences, and describing characters are some strategies active readers apply while reading.

Some questions you can pose to your child to help her become an active reader:

Before Reading:
-Based on the title, what do you think the story will be about?
-The picture on the front cover is (i.e. a kid playing baseball).  What do you know about (baseball)?  What are your experiences with (baseball)?

While Reading:
(Ask questions at many points during the story).
-What do you think will happen next based on what just happened?
-What has happened so far?
-What is your reaction to what just happened? How do you feel about what just happened?
-If you were this character, would you react to this situation the same way?  Would you react differently?  Why or why not?

After Reading:
How did the story end?
Was this ending similar or different to the ending you expected?
Was there a moral or a lesson to this story?

Here are some reading worksheets for first graders from the website that you can use with your child:

I hope you find these active reading strategies helpful.

Happy Reading!

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Loddie1 , Parent writes:
Pictures often tell more than mores can. I would read picture books and then ask her what is going on in the picture.
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BruceDeitri... , Teacher writes:
Stay with fun, funny, easy, clever, memorable, famous stuff.

It's weird to me how schools don't teach reading well, and then they want to jump into SERIOUS literature. Please don't. First, have fun. Second, have fun. Etc.
Mother Goose is great. Knock-knock jokes are great. Riddles. Use the poems that are so good you almost want to memorize them. "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star" is perhaps the greatest literary experience of my life. Read poems (and short stories) dramatically, ham them up, sit side by side and read them together, emphasizing the beauty of the sounds, until she starts to retain some of the words. Presto, comprehension will be there!

Whatever hobby or interest she has, read about that.
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