Comprehension of reading is when we understand what we have read. In school, we teach many different strategies to help pupil with comprehension.
We teach pupils:
📖To predict what will happen in a story
📖To visualise what they have read
📖To activate prior knowledge before reading
📖To infer what is going on – using evidence from the story
📖To compare texts
📖To make connections
And much more.
Comprehension in reading can only take place when the pupil can read the text with ease (fluency).
Here are some simple tips to help with comprehension homework. It mostly involves discussion and making sense of the story by talking it out before writing any answers.
- Read the questions before the story – this will help give focus and help with time management!
- Read the story aloud and silently – this way you can help with any trickier words and meaning of certain words.
- Retell the story in their own words – this will highlight what areas they are missing, or not understanding.
- Who, where, when? Encourage your child to re-read the text or parts of it to answer these.
- Put events in order- sequencing the story will help your child understand how the story unfolded.
By attending to the above, you will know whether your child has a good understanding of the story and where the challenges may be.