Increasing Comprehension by Reading Aloud

One of the most frequently asked questions I get is: “How do I increase my child’s comprehension?”

The number one thing I suggest is to have your kid read aloud. Even if they are just reading to themselves in their bed. I want it to be read a loud.

When they are older and able to read on their own, it is important to read aloud because it will provide:

  • Greater Comprehension

    People learn in a variety of ways, visual, aural, tactile and so on. By reading aloud, you’ll stand a better chance of internalizing the words and making them your own before you perform.

    Of course, this approach helps others who are not reading aloud as an actor, but for the sake of learning in general. If you are an auditory learner, reading books aloud will help the material to sink in and become ingrained, making it easier to draw on the information you’ve just ingested for when you need to reference it in the future.

  • Improves Listening and Reading Skills

Reading aloud will make you more aware of things that you read, hear and also help you to identify proper grammar, sentence structure, and so forth. Reading aloud also does much for shaping your interpretation of what is being said.

You’ll be able to read with more efficiency and richness, expand your literary horizons and also experiment with the many ways you could interpret the written word, then translate your findings through spoken word expression.

So make sure your child is reading aloud. They may not like it at first, but they will get into the habit quickly.

When they are younger, it is important to read aloud because:

  • Reading childrens stories is a wonderful bonding experience that fosters meaningful one-on-one communication with your kids.
  • It molds our kids into becoming readers, and raising a reader significantly increases our child’s potential for academic success as well as lifelong success in general.
  • It is a vital and integral part of teaching our kids how to read as children learn how to read by being read to.
  • It builds listening skills, increases a child’s attention span, and develops the ability to concentrate at length of which all are learned skills.



Aug 10, 2011 | Category: Reading Tips | Comments: none


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