Growth 2: From Reading To Comprehension

The Importance Of Being A Fluent Reader

‘Parents are more concerned about their child’s progress in reading than in any other subject taught in school, and rightfully so.

In order for students to achieve in math, science, English, history, geography, and other subjects, reading skills must be developed to the point that most of them are automatic. Students cannot struggle with word recognition when they should be reading quickly for comprehension of a text.’

How Can Children Become Fluent Readers?

Well, it is probably a combination of learning many skills to help decipher words and get the meaning of a sentence, paragraph or chapter. These would include:

  • Phonics
  • Context
  • Extending vocabulary
  • Good general knowledge/prior knowledge
  • Good working memory

‘ Early in development, decoding is more closely associated with reading comprehension than linguistic competence, but once decoding is mastered, linguistic comprehension becomes a better predictor of reading comprehension.’ 

Advice for Teachers That Parents Can Also Use To Support Their Child/Children

From PDST – Professional Development Service For Teachers

‘Reading is one strand of literacy. The reading process is complex and multi-dimensional. Effective teachers have an understanding of this complexity and are able to use a range of teaching approaches that produce confident and independent readers. Recent work completed by the NCCA (Research Report 15, 2012) identified a number of components that need to be considered in the teaching of reading towards recognizing this complexity. Among these are:

  • the establishment of varied and rich vocabulary
  • the development of phonological processes
  • the provision of a framework for teaching comprehension strategies
  • a need to ensure that motivation and enjoyment of reading are key aspects of the reading process
  • a renewed focus on reading fluency’

There are many great ideas in this reading booklet so just click on this link for the PDF

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