For Parents

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Comprehending Comprehension

Comprehension is a crucial aspect of a child's developing reading skills. Some children can read beautifully, but will have trouble actually stating what happens in the story. As you read with your child, try these techniques to find out if he understands what is happening and to help improve his comprehension:

  • Read the title of the story together and ask your child what he thinks will happen.
  • Ask your child to "re-tell" the story after you've read it.
  • Ask your child to create a "story board" with some quick pictures that show scenes in the book.
  • Re-read the text several times. Experts recommend reading text passages up to four times.