“Ten Ways a Parent Can Improve Their Child’s Reading Comprehension at Home During the Coronavirus Crisis”

  1. Turn every lesson into a language lesson.

 

Pre-teach critical vocabulary. Set the stage. Never use the book to introduce — use the

book to reinforce. Have words for the day, paragraph for the week, passage for the

month, and so on.

 

  1. Read aloud every day.

 

Reading aloud is an extremely effective tool for improving reading comprehension.

Discuss what has been read. Explain new terms, figurative speech, and idiomatic

expressions. Read a novel a month orally.

 

  1. Expand their background knowledge.

 

Talk about new themes. Discuss new experiences. Bring in new items. Remember: Build

on their base. Never forget that reading is relating.

 

  1. Say it again.

 

Learn to be “creatively redundant.” How many times and how many ways can you say

the same thing without going crazy? Teachers remark that it is not uncommon for some students to need 50 to 100 exposures before an idea sinks in.

 

  1. Set the bar high.

 

Quite frankly, it is just as easy to teach on grade level or higher, than it is to lower the

bar. Remember: Much of the culprit is the instructional material. Simple modifications

such as oral presentations and paraphrasing can make all the difference between failure

and success.

 

  1. Use comprehensible materials.

 

Watch out for fluency and comprehension roadblocks such as multiple meaning words,

use of syntactically complex sentences, poor organization, and/or uncommon names,

dates, and phrases. Pre-teach these daily.

 

  1. Provide plenty of practice.

 

Give students an opportunity to practice using comprehensible material. Make sure they

understand. “Praise and Practice” — it’s a great combination!

 

  1. Review.

 

Go over what was covered the day before. Tie it into the new day’s work. Give a

summary after every lesson.

 

  1. Increase their daily engagement time.

 

The average poor reader spends eight minutes per day actively engaged in reading. Thirty

minutes of teacher read oral reading time is the equivalent of four extra days!

 

  1. Remember to increase their language exposure.

 

Language is the key to greater comprehension. Input precedes output. The better their language, the better their comprehension. Take time to improve vocabulary. Talk to your child. Use stories to introduce new words. Remember: Language! Language! Language!

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