Ideas to help your child understand what they are reading:
· Hold a conversation and discuss what your child has read. Ask your child probing questions about the book and connect the events to his or her own life. For example, say "I wonder why that girl did that?" or "How do you think he felt? Why?" and "So, what lesson can we learn here?".
· Help your child make connections between what he or she reads and similar experiences he has felt, saw in a movie, or read in another book.
· Help your child monitor his or her understanding. Teach her/him to continually ask her/himself whether she/he understands what she/he's reading.
· Help your child go back to the text to support his or her answers.
· Discuss the meanings of unknown words, both those she/he reads and those she/he hears.
· Read material in short sections, making sure your child understands each step of the way.
· Discuss what your child has learned from reading informational text such as a science or social studies book.
Questions to ask:
*Before reading: What do you think will happen? Why? What do the illustrations make you wonder?
*During reading: Why do you think…? What do you think will happen next? Why did that happen? How come…? What connections do you have?
*After reading: What would happen if…? Why did the author write this story? I wonder where we could look to find more information?
These are some decoding and comprehension strategies I teach in class (using Beanie Babies):