Burnside Elementary produces a monthly newsletter that is full of news and suggestions for parents. The third grade teachers wrote an article in the November 2013 issue about how to help kids with reading comprehension. Here are a couple of their suggestions:
1. Good Fit Books: This is very important so as to understand the words and read smoothly. Help your child recognize if a book is too difficult. Students are taught to ask: “Are there five or more words on a page I don’t know?” “When I read, does it sound slow and choppy?” “Is this book hard to understand?”
If the answer is YES to any of these questions, your child should find a new book at their level.
2) Ask questions or make a comment: Model this by reading to your child or your child reading to you and then stopping every few paragraphs to ask questions or make a comment about what was just read.