The Best Strategies for Teaching Reading Comprehension

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If you're stuck at home right now trying to juggle work and homeschooling, then you might be feeling a little bit stressed. There are many different aspects of keeping on track with your child learning from home, and one of these is their reading.

When your child is in school, they can learn a lot when it comes to reading comprehension, but if they spend a prolonged time away from school, the level that they are at can quickly drop. Of course, this means that you've got your work cut out for you when it comes to making sure that their reading comprehension continues to improve at home. However, you might not feel like you have the right tools and strategies to do a good enough job. Let's take a look at some of the best strategies for teaching reading comprehension while your child is learning from home right now.

1. Narration

One of the most effective methods to help your child homeschool reading comprehension is narration. It is a great way to help your child remember what has been read, and the good news is that it can be used at any reading level or age.

The narration concept is quite simply getting your child to read back a paragraph or two that you have read to them first. This approach is so effective because it can be a lot of fun, and it's really no different from getting them to tell you a story about playing with their friends. Make sure that you read the paragraphs aloud carefully and slowly so that your child can pick them up easily.

2. Explore the Material with Your Child

Another great way to improve your child's reading comprehension while they're learning from home is to have your child write down what they're reading with each school topic. Before your child moves on to a new chapter in history or science, get them to write down everything that they know about the subject already.

You can also get them to write down what they hope to learn while reading about the topic. Lastly, when they have gone through that topic for the day, get them to write down a list of things that they learned. You can keep this task nice and simple and allow them to write their notes, as opposed to perfect sentences organically.

3. Questions

One of the most basic yet effective methods for teaching reading comprehension to your child at home is to have them answer a number of questions about the reading material once you have gone through it with them. This should be a familiar approach for them, as they are probably asked to answer questions about reading material at school. 

One of the only downsides to this approach is that it doesn't allow your child to formulate their own thoughts about the reading material, as most questions are going to be pretty specific. However, it does allow for understanding, and if there is a part of the reading that your child is having issues with, it can shed a lot of light.

4. Keep it Simple

While it is important to keep up with your child's reading comprehension levels even at home, you can also relax and keep it simple at the same time. If your child found their reading level at school a little challenging, dial it back a bit at home, and let them slowly work their way through the curriculum. They might just need a bit more time than other students, but they will get there in the end.

It doesn't matter what strategy you choose to use to help your child with reading comprehension at home. Just make sure that you are consistent with it and take note of your child's progress. Also, don't forget to have fun with it and regularly remind your child that reading is a fun and pleasant pastime.

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