Are you looking for a way to improve your child’s performance in school? Do your students seem to struggle on tests no matter the subject area? When you give out written directions, do your students still seek out oral explanations? If you experience these situations and others, then you’re witnessing the effects of poor reading skills with your own very own eyes.
Reading comprehension is one of the most fundamental, and arguably important, academic skills a child needs to be successful in school (and even, life). Just like athletes and musicians must spend a large amount of time to hone their craft, so too must our students. Starting from a young age, we must challenge our kids to discuss what there reading, recite what they discovered from the text and incorporate learning vocabulary into their daily lives.
Unfortunately many parents, and even teachers, feel unable to help improve a child’s reading comprehension since they don’t have a reading degree or certification themselves. Fortunately you don’t need a reading degree to help the children in your life become better readers, you just need a desire to help them.
Here are a few ways you can start improving the reading ability of the learners in your life starting today:
- Talk to your child about the books you are reading – show them that reading is not only a life long activity, but also an enjoyable way to pass their time.
- Discuss the images in books with your child starting from a young age – what is the name of the pictured items? What is the correct order of events on the page? The more you can discuss what a book’s text and images can tell us the better as far as reading comprehension is concerned.
- Explain the mental images you experience while reading with your child – many low level readers don’t experience the ‘mental images/movie’ playing in their head while they read that their fellow peers experience. Help them to make the connection between the words on the page & the way your brain processes them.
- Preview books with your child – talk to your child about what draws you to a book. What do you look for in a new book? What tricks have you picked up throughout the years?
- Hypothesize about what you’re about to read with your child – Just by looking at the cover of a book discuss what you think might take place within it’s pages.
Still feeling stuck? It’s never to early to seek out the help of a professional. The sooner your child receives assistance, the better their chances of overcoming reading disabilities.