Reading Comprehension Strategies Families Can Use at Home
Reading comprehension is the ability to understand, relate to, and learn from what one reads.
Reading comprehension strategies that you can encourage your child to use before he or she reads:
© Preview the book. Look at the cover, the back of the book, the author blurb, the table of contents, and other book features to predict what might happen in the book.
© When reading non-fiction, think about and discuss what you know about the topic.
Reading comprehension strategies that you can encourage your child to use during reading:
© When reading a chapter book, reread the page or two that you finished reading yesterday.
© Go back and reread a sentence that you don’t understand.
© Make Predictions. Stop and think back for a minute about what you have just read. Look for clues that tell you what may happen next and think ahead to make a prediction.
Reading comprehension strategies that you can encourage your child to use after reading:
© Summarize what was read. Ask about important information (who, what, where, when, why and how). Think about the beginning, middle and end as you retell this part of the story.
© Ask your child: Who are the characters? What is the setting of the story? What is the problem? What is the solution?
© Ask your child: What was the author’s purpose? Why did the author write the book or article?
© Draw or write about your favorite part.