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Tinka By Tinka, 28th Dec 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL
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We all want our children to succeed in life, nevertheless, without reading writing and comprehension the task becomes almost impossible. Read how your child can achieve success: first at school, then later in life.

How to help your child with reading and comprehension

Even today with our advanced system of education which has effective measures to teach students reading, writing and comprehension, many of them still slip through the net for one reason or another. This can be caused by a number of reasons but the final result is, that if even a small percentage fail this vital part of learning in the early stages of education, the consequences can be devastating in later years not only at school but also later in life. Reading, writing and comprehension are the most important skills;, if not the most vital, in a young person education.

Reading and comprehension process

In this article I would like to pass some advice on how to help your child improve, but one thing must be remembered; diligence and perseverance must be strictly maintained. This is not an easy and quick fix job, but a long and quite often tedious job
• From the start of the course the adult sits with the child at the same time every day after school for five day a week, at the same time.
• The child reads a short piece ending at a full stop.
• At this point the adult will ask the learner which words were not understood.
• A written list is made up of all these words proceeded by the adult explaining the meaning of each word.
• When this is done the adult will make up a sentence with each word but each sentence must relate to the reading
For example the child has been reading a story about animals.
‘The snake slithered silently towards the tree…’
Now let us assume that ‘slithered’ is not understood, the adult will not only explain that slithered means to slide on the ground or up a tree, but also demonstrate with words the actual action of the snake. Bring in other creatures that perform the same action such as snails because they do not have limbs to walk.
As the work progresses and the list of words increases, do not discard them, instead once a week have a quick revision. If working with children of primary school age have them draw a picture strip with each new word. Imagery is one of the best medium for memory recall.
After one week, have the learner read entire short story he/she has been working on.
At the end of the reading begin to ask questions on what has been read. If the learner still shows uncertainties in understanding, go through the list of words written down during each session once again (this can be done as a guessing game) so as to bring forward ‘prior knowledge’

Writing Process

The second part to this is a very old fashion way of improving writing and reading but very effective; it improves handwriting, speed and spelling also.
1. Choose a book which is one level higher than what the child is at school
2. Choose either one longer paragraph or two short paragraphs starting at the beginning of the book and have the learner copy them out exactly the way they have been written.
3. Tray to choose a book that is written in the third person (he/she/they); a narrative is perfect
4. This will give the learner practice in writing outside of its inner self, since younger children are very focused within themselves. By writing in the third person will help the learner broaden its outlook, while gradually begging to form an opinion on what has been read.

In Conclusion

Please, after each section and task, do not forget to prize the learner.
Most of all, the adult must be relaxed, helpful and patient at all times so that learner can feel comfortable during the entire session
As I have said at the start, the process is slow but the rewards are great at the end.

With young children who refuse to comply, the procedure is very different. Still gentle but very different. I shall write this process at a later date.


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author avatar Tinka
I am a secondary teacher of Italian and English and enjoy being in the classroom. As writing is one of my favourite hobbies, I like to write on different genres in a creative style.

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