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THE IMPORTANCE OF COMPREHENSION SKILLS

Posted by My Chapter One on 13.08.2022

Reading Comprehension vs. Reading Fluency

Very often, parents confuse reading fluency with comprehension skills. Many parents feel that if their child is able to read fluently, they are also able to comprehend the text that they are reading. The fact is that comprehension goes beyond reading the text on the page – it involves finding meaning in the text and being able to summarize, reiterate, and apply what has been read.

Reading fluency is the speed with which a child is able to read words by decoding them. Whereas, reading comprehension is the ability to understand and make sense of what you are reading. A child is said to be a proficient reader when the reading fluency and reading comprehension are both at grade level. What is important is to find the proper balance between reading fluency and reading comprehension. They are both interdependent on each other.

COMPREHENSION SKILLS

What is Comprehension

Successful reading comprehension has 3 requirements:  text comprehension, vocabulary knowledge, and reading fluency. If your child is unable to understand the individual words on a page, then he or she will struggle to make sense of the sentence as a whole. A child with well-developed comprehension skills will be able to understand both the main idea and the details of any given text along with the inferential meaning if any!

Inferential skills are the ability to make inferences from a passage and use critical thinking skills to answer questions related to the text. Comprehension skills are a gradual and continuous process that is reinforced over an extended period of time to ensure that your child can master reading comprehension.

Why is comprehension important?

Comprehension is different from the ability to recognize words. It is the ability to understand the word that they have been reading. Recognizing words on a page but not knowing what they mean does not fulfill the purpose or goal of reading, which is comprehension.

Comprehension skills are fundamental to language fluency and are necessary for your child’s success. Comprehension skills come in handy in every subject that a child learns and these skills will help children boost their academic performance in school.

Writing is also dependent on reading comprehension. Students are required to answer questions as a part of their academic requirements.  How can a child respond or write about something that they don't understand? How can they answer questions about reading material that they don't comprehend?

Therefore, it is important for a child to feel comfortable and confident with reading comprehension. Wel-developed comprehension skills will not only help the child in academic performance but also translate into real-world abilities like critical thinking, and analytical thinking thereby making the child future ready.

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Teaching Comprehension skills

Comprehension is an interactive process that occurs not only while a student is reading the text but afterward, as well. It consists of the ability to make inferences from a passage and use critical thinking skills to answer questions related to the text. Comprehension skills must be taught and reinforced over an extended period of time to ensure that your child can master reading comprehension.

Comprehension skills can be enhanced through continuous guided reading sessions. The more a child reads, he/she will be exposed to new words thereby increasing their vocabulary. A good vocabulary will help them understand the written text better. As their skills increase, their confidence builds up and so does their interest to read more. The goal is to get children to fall in love with reading.

Reading sessions at My Chapter One Reading Gym

At My Chapter One, our guided reading sessions are not just about reading a book. It involves a lot of activities related to reading such as discussing the story, and characters, predicting, making connections based on prior knowledge about the topic, visualizing by creating a mental image of what they’ve read, and summarizing!

This not only helps children understand, and open up to each other but also makes our sessions interactive and fun!

For anything to take shape, practice is the key. Practice comes from regularity. The more your child reads, the better he or she will be able to quickly and accurately comprehend reading passages.

In our reading sessions, we encourage the idea of reading for pleasure i.e. reading other than academic books. To enable this, in our classroom, we offer students with 10handpicked book titles across genres. This gives them exposure to various authors and world themes.

Comprehension is the key to everything and the keys to reading comprehension are: vocabulary and grammar. The first step to this is by reading more and more books!

So if you want your child to become independent learners and critical thinkers, you must subscribe to the Reading Gym today! At My Chapter One Reading gym, we teach them to read, understand and respond to everything they read. 

Comprehension is a conversation between the reader and the text.

- Debbie Diller
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About My Chapter One

My Chapter One helps children dive into the world of books and fall in love with reading. It maneuvers kids away from digital entertainment and towards wholesome real-time fun, through reading sessions and activities devoted to iconic books. My Chapter One handpicks reading instructors who guide children towards becoming independent readers, and subsequently, more imaginative, empathetic, and academically-inclined individuals. All in all, our company’s goal is to create a world of little readers, bright-eyed at the prospect of a new book.

To register your child in a My Chapter One program or to register as a Reading Host, please get in touch at
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