Teaching Reading: Brilliant Tips for Reading

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Updated on: Educator Review By: Michelle Connolly

Teaching Reading: Starting it up

Have you ever thought about Teaching Reading comprehension strategies and teaching your kid to think about the book before reading it? Reading books in general is important from an early age, giving the kids the chance to expect the story of the book and the things they will experience.

Reading comprehension strategies are all about summarizing, sequencing, inferencing, comparing and contrasting, building some conclusions, problem-solving, self-questioning, relating the story to the background knowledge, knowing the difference between the fact and the opinion and eventually finding the main idea, the important facts related to it and supporting the whole story with some details.

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Reading Comprehension for Kids

These are the different elements that every parent should think about when Teaching Reading to their children. Homeschooling allows them to go beyond simply reading and spelling words correctly. They’re diving deeper, learning how to analyze, interpret, and critically think about the meaning of the books they read.

While bedtime stories hold a special place in children’s hearts, fostering a love for independent reading is crucial for their academic and personal development. This is where teaching reading comprehension strategies comes in, transforming the act of reading from simple word decoding into an exciting journey of discovery and meaningful understanding.

In this video, Michelle was teaching Aaron how to think about reading the story more thoughtfully; thinking about the name of the story and expecting the events from it, thinking about the main character and expecting their behaviour through the whole story, asking himself whether the story will turn out to be interesting or not, etc. There are different things that the person could get about a story just from the cover it carries and this is one of the different things needed when it comes to a story and reading comprehension strategies.

When the kid connects between the facts that he/she already knows and those found in the story, it becomes easier for them to focus on the details and try to understand the story as it goes. When the kid is asked questions about the story even before starting to read it, he/she will also want to look for the clues and thus will want to read the story to find these clues. Inferencing is linking what the kid might already know with the things he/she is reading in the story without being stated straightforwardly.

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Teaching Reading

Teaching Reading: Interesting comprehension strategies

A lot of people think that teaching kids to read books is teaching them how to spell the letters and the words correctly and make the right sounds they should give (What is Phonics). Reading is also about knowing the alphabet because this is the base of reading the letters and knowing how to connect them.

There are lots of interesting techniques used in teaching the kids to write letters, such as those used with Play-Doh and this of course comes in addition to the ordinary techniques in writing the letters (Writing Letters – The ABC Alphabet for Kids).

If you are searching for the different ways that you could teach your kids the alphabet, this could happen through some of the different songs that are taught in schools or even through teaching them the names of the animals (Animals ABCs). It is believed that kids find anything interesting when it is delivered to them in the form of songs, pictures and stories or else in the form of games and toys, these are the things that usually attract their attention and make them ready to learn something new.

Reading comprehension strategies are important and that is what teaching the kids to read books is all about; it is not just about the story but it is also about the strategies that the kids will consider before and while reading the books.

What do you think about reading comprehension strategies and about teaching it to your kids? Share with us your experience with reading for your kids and tell us how effective it turned out to be at the end.

Help your child to explore the key concepts of numbers, counting, addition, subtraction, multiplication and division in Maths. Spelling, reading, writing and grammar in English. Help them to develop their imagination and creativity with crafts and to explore a range of skills to cook, bake and create tasty treats and snacks.

Easy-to-follow activities will support you and your child to learn and practice new concepts as well as enjoy spending time together. Help your child to progress and explore and most importantly – have fun!

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