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“Helping Your Child Learn”

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Parent tips from the Utah Education Association

Reading and Writing – Teaching Children To Understand Content

Do you want your child to be a successful reader with a love of books? As a parent, it’s important for you to talk to your children about the books and stories they enjoy.

For example, you can:

  • Ask your child to predict what might happen next while reading a story. Be sure to ask your child to give reasons for the prediction.
  • Ask your child why a character might have taken a specific action. Again, ask for reasons behind the answer.
  • Ask your child to compare a book to another familiar book. How are the characters alike or different? Do the stories take place in similar places? How are the illustrations similar or different?
  • Ask what part of the story your child liked best and why.
  • Ask whether your child liked the ending of the story and why or why not.

Reading is more than decoding words. Help your child learn to think about the content of the material, not just the words.