As readers, we have so many things that go through our head that we don’t even pay attention to. However, once we begin to pay attention to them, we can begin to recognize whether we are understanding what we are reading or not.
One of those strategies is called making a statement. For example, some statements include;
- Wow, that is really neat.
- I never thought of that before.
- That is so true.
- I never knew that before.
These statements don’t really lead to anything, but if you find that you are making them, then you are definitely understanding what you are reading. You can’t comment or say something to yourself if your mind is blank and you are just reading the words.
As a parent you can do this by making a comment or statement when you are reading, tell your child that a comment just happened in your head and you just wanted to share it with him/her. Ask if your child ever does that when he/she is reading. If he/she says yes, then ask him/her to tell you about that. If he/she says no, then ask them if any come to the head when you reading together today. Your child may find that he or she is doing it, but since he/she didn’t have a name for it that he/she wasn’t aware of it. Or, you may have the opportunity to teach it to your child. Either way it is a great technique. Tomorrow we will be taking a look at how prefixes can help increase comprehension.