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Childhood Education: Reading Comprehension Games , Activities, & Practice

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Oct 10, 2012 Eve Hullett, Distance-Education.org Columnist | 0 Comments

Learning to read is an exciting step in your life! No matter what skill level you are at there are plenty of resources available online to help you succeed. Whether you are just starting out learning the basics or are almost done with elementary school, there are always ways in which you can improve. Developing reading skills takes time and practice, but with your hard work you can master them! Forming a good foundation for your reading skills will help you the rest of your life. Whatever you decide to be when you grow up it’s important to have good reading and comprehension skills. Paying attention in class and practicing at home are great ways to help you improve your reading skills. Have you ever heard the saying practice makes perfect? Well, that’s just it; reading skills only develop by practicing them. Have fun with your classmates, friends, or parents and work together to improve your reading comprehension skills.

You’re probably wondering what reading comprehension means, aren’t you? It’s actually pretty simple! When people refer to reading comprehension they are talking about someone’s ability to understand what they are reading. Making connections in stories, finding similarities and differences, and being able to retain the information that you read are important life skills. One of the best ways to develop better reading comprehension is to read stories that ask questions afterwards. Being able to dissect a story for characters, details, sequence, and the main point are some comprehension skills that are needed to succeed in school.

For you to become a better reader you need to become an active reader. An active reader is someone who pays attention to what they are reading and who has a goal in mind for what they wish to learn. When you are reading try to be in a quiet place where you can focus and won’t get distracted. Next when you are reading visualize the material. Kids often find it really helpful to picture what they are reading almost like you are painting a story in your head. Think about the little details and the main point. Another helpful tip is to stop reading and take a short break. Use this time to ask yourself if you understand the main points. Don’t think that you have to just plow through something in order to be a good reader. A good reader is someone who can understand what they are reading and explain it to someone else. Reading comprehension relates directly to being able to communicate what you have read with someone who hasn’t read it. This skill helps you to learn how to communicate with others and how to get your ideas across.

This is a lifelong skill that will really help you do well in school and enjoy reading! Sharing what you have read with others will help you to improve your memory, communication, and your outlook on reading. Practice reading your favorite books and asking yourself questions about what you have learned. The ability to ask and answer questions from literature that you have read is a major part of reading comprehension.

Now that you have an overview of what reading comprehension is and ways to improve it, it’s up to you to put it to good use! Ask you teachers and parents to help you become a better reader. You can even form your own reading group with your friends! Listed below are some great resources. We’ve compiled everything from tips to becoming a better reader, activities, to fun interactive reading games. Browse through these links to not only have some fun, but to learn as well.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Eve Hullett

With years of experience in the field of non-profit education, Eve has done it all. From teaching to tutoring, Eve has worked with hundreds of students to help them succeed in their pursuit of a college education. Today, when Eve is not enjoying a day of hiking, she spends her time writing articles on the strategies and methods of being a good student and fulfilling your goals for a college education.

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