Why should children develop reading and comprehension skills?

comprehension skills

The word โ€˜readโ€™, according to the Cambridge English dictionary, means to look at words and understand what they mean. So, what I understand from this is, reading is just not a mere activity, it also involves comprehension skills.

Once you learn to read, you will be forever free

Frederick Douglass

The above is one of my favourite quotes by the American social reformer, orator and writer Sir Frederick Douglass. And according to me, it is absolutely true.

I love reading and being a teacher, I always wanted my students to read, either for information or for entertainment. As I always believe that reading is essential in helping us find and convey information and necessary skill that is developed at a very young age.

Why reading is so important?

reading and comprehension skills
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  • Reading helps you to learn new things and helps you to educate yourself in the area of life you are interested in.
  • It helps you to develop your literacy skills.
  • Reading improves concentration.
  • It helps in building self-confidence and a sense of community, lessening cultural isolation, and foster comprehension and communication skills.
  • Helps to relax and contribute a lot to make us successful in life.

Anyway, reading has lots of benefits and if I have to mention all, I have to write pages after pages. Instead click here.

But as a teacher, I have understood one thing that if you want to be successful in your life you need to have a good authority over reading.

What is reading comprehension skills?

This is the ability to understand a written passage of text. If you can explain properly what you have read, you have developed the skill. Otherwise, you still need to work on to develop this skill.  You can say, this is the bridge between a passive reader and an active reader. It is crucial and essential for a successful academic, professional and personal life.

To develop the comprehension skill, one should read fluently. If one student is still applying a decoding method while reading in grade 3 level, it is important to look back at those basic tools that create a solid cognitive foundation to establish successful reading comprehension. These cognitive skills are attention, auditory analysis, sound blending, memory, processing speed and visual perception.

I have seen some students who are good in studies but their lack of strong comprehension skills affecting their success at school as most of the time academic progress depends on understanding, analysing and applying information gathered from reading.

To help children read fluently and confidently is a journey, that starts in preschool. And some strategies I use to make this journey little smooth are:

  • Reading with an objective in mind
  • Retelling what has been read
  • Reading small portions at a time
  • Making reading groups (reading ability-wise to set the reading objective more accurately)
  • Assigning reading buddies
  • Following the punctuation, while reading
  • Asking and answering questions
  • Summarising or underlining the important facts.
  • Constructive feedback.

So, guys, please read, as Sarbani says, โ€œOnly reading can improve reading.โ€

Share ideas, spread love ๐Ÿ’–

Sarbani D.

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