Tips to improve reading comprehension!
1. Have your child read aloud. This compels them to go slower, giving them more time to process what is read, improving reading comprehension. Moreover, they are not only seeing the words but hearing them too. Take turns reading aloud!!
2. Books, Books, Books!!! Make sure the right kinds of books are available to your children. Children need lots of practice reading books that are not too hard. They 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 them to focus on the overall meaning of the story...
3. Reread, reread, reread!!! It builds fluency. To gain meaning from text and encourage reading comprehension, your child needs to read quickly and smoothly-a skill known as fluency. By the beginning of 3rd 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 they become more fluent in reading comprehension.
4. Talk to the teacher. If your child is struggling mightily with reading comprehension, they may need more help with his reading--for example, building vocabulary or practicing phonics skills.
5. 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 them make their way through tougher classroom texts and promote reading comprehension.
6. 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 session to encourage reading comprehension. 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?"