How to get the most from reading at home

Students often think they need to read fast so they can get through a text they’re asked to deal with. But there’s no point reading and not understanding or remembering what you’ve seen. A more important skill is to read with comprehension​ and memory.

Comprehension and retell of the events from the text is equally important when reading and will affect your child’s reading ability. Your child may draw events in sequence, talk about the character’s emotions or comment on why they did/did not like the book. All the discussion and dialogue you have with your child about their books will enhance their reading ability.

The same approach should be taken with their library book. Take the opportunity to read to your child and then discuss the events, what strategies you used for ‘tricky’ words or what they thought of the characters.

Here are few questions to ask your child before, during and after reading.