Comprehension is understanding what is happening in a book. Sometimes educators can be guilty of focusing too heavily on decoding and pushing their children to read harder and harder books while somewhat neglecting comprehension. It is a skill that needs to be taught explicitly to children. ‘The Teaching of Reading’ e-book is now available for download here.
This is a guide to 7 comprehension strategies that you need to work on with your child. The guide runs through questioning, self-questioning, inferring, graphic organisers, making connections, summarising and self-monitoring. The guide includes examples and resources to support the teaching of these strategies.
Each strategy needs to be:
- Explained. Talk to your child about it and explain what it means, why it’s used and when it’s useful.
- Modeled. When reading to your child, use the strategy ‘out loud’. As a competent reader, use the strategy to model what it should look/sound like.
- Supported. Assist your child applying the strategy. Give feedback and make adjustments as needed.
- Practised independently: Your child should then be able to use the strategies independently.
We also offer a number of comprehension worksheets. They’re a great resource to use, but remember that any books your child reads can be used to work on comprehension skills (often more effectively as they allow practice in context).