14 Nov How to Challenge Your Child When They Find Reading Easy
As your child progresses with their reading you may find that they begin to get through books quickly. It can be really hard, in this situation, to know how to support them to continue their learning journey. The really important thing to remember is that the goal of reading is not just to be able to read fluently but to understand fully what is being read. There are many aspects to this understanding and all are taught and assessed in schools.
How to challenge your bookworm 1:
Try this with any book
What I love most about developing understanding is that this can be done with nearly any book of any difficulty. You could effectively help an experienced year 6 reader develop their understanding with a picture book or even in some cases a book with no words.
How to challenge your bookworm 2:
Use it again and again
Below you will find a check list that will help you to find an area to work on with your child. You will find that a child’s understanding of what they are reading is often not constant. There may be some books that they find easy to summarise and some that are nearly impossible to predict so it is worth while trying this at different times with a range of different books.
How to challenge your bookworm 3:
Teach, Prompt and Reinforce
When you are hearing your child read or just talking to them about the book they are reading ask them some questions that will help you to complete this list. When you find an area that they are not confident in you can use that area as your focus for a while. If you find that your child has no idea how to make a prediction, for example, you could use the Teach, Prompt and Reinforce method that I introduce in my post on teaching your child to read to introduce the concept.
How to challenge your bookworm 4:
Below the checklist I will suggest some questions to help you to determine which areas to focus on.
The current curriculum expectation for the end of year 2 is that children read at about 90 words per minute. Have a look at this video to see what that sounds like.
Reading with expression
This is a great way of seeing if children understand what they are reading. If they can apply the correct expression that will come from their knowledge of what is happening within the writing. Visit this post where I look at expression in more detail.
Understands what they are reading
Does their expression match what is happening in the book?
Can they talk to you about what is happening in the story?
It is often fairly easy to gauge if your child understands what they are reading just by engaging them in conversation about it.
What do you think will happen next?
Do you think that will happen?
What will they do now?
Evaluates language choice
Why do you think the author chose that word?
What choices do you think the author made when they wrote that sentence?
Why is there a capital letter there?
Summarises parts of a book
What has happened so far?
Can you tell me about the story?
What was the best bit?
What was your favourite part?
This can be compare what has happened in a book either to another book or to their own experience.
Has that ever happened to you?
Have you seen one of those before?
Is this the same as in the book you read last week?
Can understand and define tricky words
Were there any words you weren’t sure the meaning of?
What does that mean?
Can you explain____?
Don’t worry if you find lots of areas to work on. Success in these areas can often change from day to day and book to book. All you need to do to add an element of challenge is find one or two areas to work on.