We help children understand faster for better school performance
Helping your children understand faster will help them succeed in their schoolwork. By becoming more involved in your child’s reading abilities, you can ensure that they do not fall behind in class. Children don’t like to read if they have trouble understanding, so it’s best to learn to understand faster from as young an age as possible.
There is no need to wait until a child is reading at a very efficient level before you start working on comprehension techniques. Learning to read and understand should be taught together so they can work together. Also, children may become bored with reading if it does not make sense to them. When a child first learns to read a story and enjoy it, it is an important step in their life and everything possible should be done to encourage this initial fascination with reading.
Basic comprehension techniques can help children of all ages understand faster. One of the best ways to improve this skill is to try to increase the child’s vocabulary. If a child has a very limited vocabulary, he will find it most difficult to read, as words that are not understood are constantly found in what is read. When children find a word they don’t know (when reading), they will first try to pronounce it. If they don’t know the word at all, sounding it out won’t help. If they know the word, it will be recognized as soon as it is spoken.
To increase their vocabulary, try to come up with a few new words every day that you think your child doesn’t know the meaning of. Use them in a sentence when you talk to your child and watch their reaction. They may ask you what it means or you may need to find out if they understood what you said. Explain the meaning of the word and then have your child make up their own sentence including the new word to make sure they understand. Having a good vocabulary will allow your child to understand more quickly when reading.
Try to determine from time to time how much of the text your child really understands. Let him read some of the writing. Then ask a few questions. The length of the reading and the difficulty of the questions will depend on the age of the child and his/her current reading abilities. Start with some general questions and if you get a good answer, move on to more detailed questions. Let your child read the section just once and not look at the reading when answering. Don’t let your child know that you will test him/her. This can cause the child to become stressed and try to read with increased attention. Make testing random in a fun and casual way.
Your child will be able to understand faster if they are encouraged to read more often. Consider setting aside 15-30 minutes each day for family reading time. Everyone in the family can sit together and silently read something they like. Your child is more likely to be interested in reading if they see you doing the same.
Being able to eventually speed up reading and comprehend faster will give your child a real advantage in school. Around age 12, children often pick up speed reading skills very easily. It’s never too early to get involved and improve your child’s reading abilities.
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