Reading For Meaning
Some children go through the motions of reading, apparently oblivious to the fact that the text conveys little or nothing to them. In fact, in every class I’ve known throughout my 20 years in education, there has been a few students who started off the year like this. They read with little or no understanding of the message or storyline in the text.
If your child is like this, I understand your frustration.
The good news is that poor reading comprehension skills are a lot easier to address than you might expect. I’ve learned to overcome this problem very quickly by teaching specific comprehension strategies, and I hope to share them with you.
In this e-book, I show you the easiest and most effective strategies that I use in my own teaching every day. These involve talking just as much as reading, and engage children at a level that ensures their comprehension of the text.
Reading For Meaning shows you how to teach seven reading comprehension strategies that will connect your child with the text in the way you’ve dreamed about. Imagine seeing your child enjoying reading experiences and talking about books and their content excitedly!
The strategies are all fast to teach and fun to do. That plays a large part in their success.
Teach one new comprehension strategy each week, and then deliberately practise with your child so that they are all put to use in real contexts, and become automatic. I explain exactly how to do this in sequence.
I also show you how to choose the correct level of text for your child, and how to teach your child to self-select books at the right level. Children’s comprehension difficulties escalate when they attempt to read a level of text that’s too difficult. This is because their attention naturally focuses on working out the words, and there’s often not enough attention ‘space’ left to think about the meaning. It’s extremely important to get the level right, and you’ll notice an immediate improvement when you do!