How can I help my child in Reading?

  • Always read with your child.
  • Talk about what you're thinking when reading a story with your child. "I wonder why she is so sad in this story..."
  • Pick books that aren't too hard or too easy for your child.  Don't worry about what books other students are reading.
  • Always use Book Talk when discussing books.


Predicting: Ask your child questions about the events to come.What will happen next? How do you know?
Summarizing: Stop at various times throughout a story and have your child tell you what has happened so far.
Clarifying: Teach your child to stop and talk about words or parts that are difficult for them to understand.
Connecting: Help your child to connect events for his or her own life to the story.  Does a character remind you of someone you know? Have you ever had that happen to you? Have you read another book that had this kind of ending?
Questioning: Ask your child questions throughout the story.  What was the problem in the story?  How was it solved?  Who were the characters?  What was your favorite part of the story? Why did ______ happen? 


6 Ways to Improve Reading Comprehension

1. Have your child read aloud. This forces them to go slower, which gives them more time to process what they read. Plus, they are not only seeing the words, but hearing them, too. You can also take turns reading aloud.
  2. Provide the right kinds of books. Make sure your child gets lots of practice reading books that aren't too hard. She should recognize at least 90 percent of the words without any help. Stopping any more often than that to figure out a word makes it tough for her to focus on the overall meaning of the story.
3. Reread to build fluency. To gain meaning from text, your child needs to read quickly and smoothly— a skill known as fluency. By the end of 2nd grade, for example, your child should be able to read 90 words a minute. Rereading familiar, simple books gives your child practice at decoding words quickly, so she'll become more fluent.
4. Supplement class reading. If your child's class is studying a particular theme, look for easy-to-read books or magazines on the topic. Some prior knowledge will help her make her way through tougher classroom texts.
5. Talk about what they are reading. This "verbal processing" helps them remember and think through the themes of the book. Ask questions before, during, and after a reading session. For example:
  • Before: "What are you interested in about this book? What doesn't interest you?"
  • During: "What's going on in the book? Is it turning out the way you thought it would? What do you think will happen next?"
  • After: "Can you summarize the book? What did you like about it? What other books does it remind you of?"
  6. Talk to the teacher. If your child is struggling mightily with comprehension, he may need more help with his reading — for example, building his vocabulary or practicing phonics skills