Top 10 Ways to Solve Comprehension Questions

Sep, 11 2023

Comprehension skills are fundamental to language development, enabling children to understand, interpret, and critically engage with written text. As your child embarks on their journey at Little Genius Academy, enhancing their comprehension abilities is critical to fostering their overall language proficiency.

In this blog, we'll explore strategies you, as parents, can implement to help your children excel in comprehension questions in and out of the classroom.

Active Reading:
Encourage your child to read actively by engaging with the text rather than passively scanning through it. Discuss the content, characters, and plot as they read. Ask questions like 'What do you think will happen next?' or 'Why do you think the character made that choice?'

Vocabulary Enrichment:
A strong vocabulary is a cornerstone of comprehension. When your child encounters unfamiliar words, discuss their meanings together. Encourage them to use context clues and consider how the word fits within the sentence.

Prior Knowledge:
Encourage your child to draw from their prior knowledge and experiences. Connecting the text to their lives helps them make sense of the content and creates a more personal connection.

E.g., If you come across a line that says, “The girl was feeling very tired during the afternoon hours,”. You could talk to your child about when they felt tired during afternoon hours and why that could have been. Was it very hot, was the school day hectic, etc.?

Predicting Outcomes:
Have your child predict what might happen next based on the information they've read. This not only enhances comprehension but also keeps them engaged with the text.

Asking and Answering Questions:
Practice asking and answering different types of questions related to the text. Start with basic comprehension questions and gradually progress to more complex ones that require critical thinking.

After reading a passage or a chapter, ask your child to summarise what they've read in their own words. This exercise promotes the ability to identify the main ideas and key details.

Encourage your child to create mental images of the scenes and events described in the text. Visualisation enhances understanding and retention. 

Comparisons and Contrasts:
Help your child compare and contrast characters, events, or themes within the text. This analytical skill strengthens their comprehension and critical thinking abilities.

Context Clues:
Teach your child how to use context clues to decipher the meaning of unfamiliar words. Show them how the surrounding sentences provide hints about the word's definition.

Reading Aloud:
Reading aloud together lets you model proper intonation, pacing, and expression. It also provides opportunities for discussions and clarifications.

Guide your child in making inferences based on the information provided in the text. Encourage them to use clues to determine what is implied but not explicitly stated.

Fostering strong comprehension skills in your child is an investment in their language development and academic success. By implementing these strategies at home and with the support of Little Genius Academy, you are providing them with the tools they need to become confident readers, thinkers, and communicators. With our programs like Reading Circle Program and English Enrichment Program, we can unlock the door to a world of understanding and imagination.

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