If you want to improve your child’s reading comprehension skills, it pays to learn from the best. Elite reading teachers have a few teaching secrets that they use to help their students succeed. Here are some of their top secrets for developing reading comprehension:
1. Encourage active reading.
Elite reading teachers know that passive reading won’t get you very far. If you want to improve your child’s reading comprehension, they need to be actively engaged with the text. That means for older students highlighting important passages, taking notes in the margins, and for all reading ability levels, asking questions as they read.
2. Start with the big picture.
When tackling a new text, it’s important to start with the big picture. Skim the entire thing before they start delving into the details. This will give your child a good overview of the material and help your child better understand the smaller parts. For young children do a picture walk and let them describe what they see in the pictures page by page.
3. Take your time.
One of the biggest mistakes your child can make when reading is to try to go too fast. If you want to really understand what you’re reading, you need to take your time and read slowly and carefully. Elite reading teachers often have their students read aloud (if applicable to their ability level) so that they can better hear each word and grasp its meaning. Reading aloud with a child develops their understanding of the structure of our language; vocabulary; word meaning.
4. Practice, practice, practice.
Like anything else, practice makes perfect when it comes to reading comprehension skills. The more you read, the better you’ll become at it. So, make sure to set aside some time each day for reading, even if it’s just for a few minutes.
5. Get help when your child needs it.
If your child is struggling with a particular text, don’t be afraid to seek out help. Elite reading teachers always have resources on hand that students and parents can use, such as dictionaries, thesauruses, and other reference materials. Don’t be afraid to ask for, or provide, help when your child needs it – it’s the only way they’ll improve.
By following these tips from elite reading teachers, you can vastly improve your child’s reading comprehension skills to become a better reader overall.
So, what are you waiting for? Start putting these tips into practice today!
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