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Taking Notes to Increase Reading Comprehension

We all want our children to understand and be able to remember what they have read in books. There are several fun ways to help your children increase their reading comprehension levels.  In this series, we will look at several of those ways and how you can use them with your children. One of the best ways to increase reading comprehension is by taking

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Reading Out Loud to Increase Reading Comprehension

In our increasing reading comprehension series, we have already discussed how taking notes, drawing pictures, and making timelines can be useful. One of the best ways to increase reading comprehension though is by reading out loud. How Reading Out Loud Helps There are several reasons why a child may struggle to understand a story.  They could be losing focus on the story, not understanding

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Studying Character Traits

A main skill taught in reading classes is the ability to understand characters in books and stories.  There are four main aspects to studying character: character traits, character development, character’s words, and character’s actions.  Understanding basic character traits allows your child to understand the motives of the characters in books and the decisions they make. Define Common Character Traits Before your child can assign

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Studying Types of Characters

In our last post on studying characters, we discussed the importance of learning about character traits.  Characters in books can also be classifying into types in two ways.  They can be sorted by how much information the author gives about the character and by whether or not the character changes throughout the story.  Children need to understand the difference between these types of characters

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Studying Character through Dialogue

So far in this series, we have talked about studying character traits and their meanings and identifying the different types of characters in a story.  An author uses the dialogue in a story to tell us things about the characters.  When studying character, it is helpful to focus on the words of the characters in the story.  Both the words of the character you

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Studying Character with Young Children

Children who are just learning to read can still study characters in a simplified form.  They can still focus on character traits, types of characters, and the dialogue of characters.  All of these skills are just as important for young readers to learn and practice. Simple Character Traits When you are just starting to teach children about character traits, stick to the simple traits

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Fairy Tales: Comparing and Contrasting

Fairy tales are made up stories written for children that usually include magic of some sort.  You have probably heard of many fairy tales: Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast, the Three Little Pigs, Snow White, etc.  Children love to hear these stories again and again. Because fairy tales have so many similarities, they are perfect to practice comparing and contrasting different stories. Comparisons between

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The Benefits of Graphic Novels

For many of us as parents, the idea of a graphic novel brings to mind comic books filled with fights between superheroes and villains.  Today though, more and more authors are choosing to reimagine their young adult or children’s books in a graphic novel format as well as regular book format. For a struggling reader, especially an older child, graphic novels can be a

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Make Reading Come Alive

Reading is an activity that brings new experiences and ideas into your child’s mind.  It can fuel your child’s imagination and give them story lines to act out.  As a parent, you can help reading come alive for your child by helping your child experience the things they are reading about. Make Reading Come Alive Through Food Almost every book you read will mention

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Summer Reading Programs for Children

A child’s ability to read improves through practice.  Students read often during the school year whether in class or as homework or maybe even for fun.  However during the lazy days of summer, it can be easy to let your child’s reading slip away.  Fortunately you can find many fun summer reading programs that will motivate your child to keep reading throughout the summer.

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