Reading is incredibly beneficial and is still underutilized today. Reading to children when they are young will have a positive impact on their lives. When they are older, encourage reading throughout their lives. Make sure there are plenty of books around the house so they can always feel free to pick one up.
For children just beginning to learn another language, reading comprehension will be tough. It can already be difficult in their native language, so when you add the difficulties of a new language you can imagine how hard it is.
Before students can begin to read books, and even sentences, they need foundational understanding of phonics. We offer classes tailored for young learners about ages 4 to 6 at the K1 - K3 level. Consider these classes for beginners.
Each semester SEA will offer a variety of reading-related classes. These classes might be focused around reading current events, about science or just something random. All of these classes will help improve someone’s reading comprehension.
Reading books at home is always encouraged. If you want to help your children’s reading comprehension have them read books to you, then ask them questions. Ask them questions about: who, when, what, where, why and how?
Who are the main characters (people / things / animals) in the story? When did this story happen? Was it in summer? Was it in 1972? What did _____ do? Where was _____ at the end of the story? Why did ______ do ______? How did ______ go to the _______?
If they are able to answer, be sure to ask them how they know. This will get them to repeat their thinking, and establish better memory connections in the brain. You can also ask the same questions each time so they become familiar. Eventually, they will learn to spot these themes and things through the books they read.
Reading stories can be a great way to practice some critical thinking skills. Critical thinking can be taught and encouraged in children from an early age. Being able to think critically is paramount for successful learning in the future. When children are reading stories, try to ask them moral questions. Ask them if it is okay for the main character to do something. Ask them how they would feel if something in the book happened to them. Is it okay for the bear to take the monkey’s toys? Why not? Is it okay for people to do _______ to _______? Why did the rabbit eat the fly?
The idea is to ask them questions to get them thinking. Try to get them to imagine someone else’s perspective and challenge their beliefs. Ask them why and don’t let them say “just because”.
You don’t need to only do this when reading. Most children’s movies, and TV shows involve the main characters doing something challenging, or engaging. As they become older, the material they see will challenge their thinking.
Answered by Chris Ternosky