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The Importance of Inferring

Whether we know it or not, all of us make assumptions or come to conclusions as we read.  When we read that a character left the house holding an umbrella, we assume that it is raining.  When a character has to stretch to reach a top shelf, we come to the conclusion that the character is short.  These assumptions and conclusions are called inferences.

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Timelines to Increase Reading Comprehension

Reading comprehension is a skill that we know is important but sometimes struggle to help our children with.  In our series on increasing reading comprehension, we have discussed taking notes and using drawings to help our children remember and understand what they are reading.  Another great way to increase reading comprehension is by using a timeline. What is a Timeline? A timeline is simply

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Drawing to Increase Reading Comprehension

It is so important for our children to understand and remember what they read in books and stories. In our increasing reading comprehension series, we last looked at how taking notes can help a child better understand the stories they read. Another way to increase reading comprehension is by drawing pictures to go along with the story. How Does Drawing Pictures Help? One of

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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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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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Improving Reading Comprehension

Even the best readers can sometimes struggle with reading comprehension.  As parents, you can help your child learn to not only read the words, but also understand what they are reading. What is Reading Comprehension? Reading comprehension is simply understanding what you read.  Answering questions about the story, figuring out what might happen next, thinking about what you know about the story and its

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Identify the Setting of a Story

Identify the Setting of a Story Where and when did this story take place?  The answer is the setting of a book or story.  It’s a simple enough question, and yet it can be tricky for children to figure out (especially young children).  You can help your child learn to identify the setting of a story by asking them some simple questions about what

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