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Pointers For Reading

Reading can be fun. But it can also be overwhelming and frustrating when we are having a hard time concentrating. Here are some age-appropriate tips for increasing your child’s comprehension.

READING for Pre-K through 4th grade

  1. Read aloud to your child.  They need to hear your emotion and inflection as you read the book.  

  2. Read in tandem….you will both read aloud at the same time using emotion and inflection

  3. Take turns reading….you read a paragraph and your child reads the next paragraph

  4. If your child is struggling with a word, gently insert the word for them so that they can move on

  5. Go to the library often to find  books to read for fun

  6. Never be afraid to read aloud to your child or take turns.  That is much better than your child struggling over every word and learning nothing

READING for 4th grade through high school

If novels seem impossible to get through, use these strategies:

  1. Find the book on Wikipedia so your child can get a general overview of plot, characters, setting, etc

  2. Find the book on  Read the summary before actually reading each chapter.  Read the analysis after reading each chapter

  3. Use No Fear Literature.  These really help for Shakespeare and other tough novels

  4. Download the book onto a phone or Ipad.  It is so much easier for kids to read if they can read along with an audio version

  5. Find another student or two who would like to do a study group

  6. Watch the movie before reading the book so that your student can get a visual. This will make the books more


  1. Buy a physical copy of the book…even 2 copies…so you and your student can read the book together and discuss it/take notes in it.  Most teachers just give out a class copy that students cannot write in

  2. If a 300 page novel must be read in 3 weeks, do the following

  3. Divide 300 by 3…that is 100 pages per week or 15 pages per day.

  4. Use paper clips to mark every 15 pages so that the daily task won’t seem endless

  5. Have your student mark their progress on a calendar

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