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Activities that aid reading comprehension

The importance of reading cannot be overemphasized. Learning to read is a huge milestone in a child’s life.

As children grow and progress through their educational journey, the ability to comprehend and interpret written materials becomes increasingly important.

I once know of a young girl who loved to read stories and fictional materials and after months of consistent reading, her vocabulary skills greatly improved.

Here are some of our favorite activities that can aid reading comprehension among children:

Read-aloud sessions

Reading aloud to children not only introduces them to new stories and ideas but also allows them to hear how words and sentences are constructed. Research shows that reading aloud to children can help them hear new words in new contexts, which helps develop stronger vocabulary.

When reading, pause occasionally to discuss unfamiliar words, context, meaning, what can be inferred, and structure. You should also encourage your child to ask questions and share their thoughts on what they have read.

Question-answer games

Having a question-and-answer game on what your child has read can also help to improve comprehension and retention.

If your child has siblings, extended family, or friends around, you can encourage them to take turns asking and answering questions about the book each child has read or a passage you have read to them. This interactive activity boosts their analytical thinking and encourages them to pay attention to details within the text.

Retelling stories

This involves asking children to retell a story that they have read or heard someone else read. Children should be able to retell the story in their own words.

To make it exciting, you can execute a pictionary-style game. This is where each child draws illustrations to recreate the story. These types of activities aid retention and allow children to interact with the stories in a fun way.

Visualization exercises

You can assist children by trying to visualize what you are reading to them as this could help them remember what has been passed across easily.

Parents or teachers could try to show illustrations about a particular topic they might be reading to children, for example, if you're telling a story about an old woman who lived in a shoe, you could draw an illustration of a woman and a shoe house.

Each child is unique, so it’s necessary to find activities that resonate with their interests and learning style, making the process even more rewarding.

Remember, when children love to read, they can learn anything!

We are dedicated to supporting you in helping your child at home, and we are committed to helping your child build positive learning habits. Find out how we can support you and your child today.


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