How to Keep Your Kids from Forgetting What they Read- 6 Simple Tips

How to Keep Your Kids from Forgetting What they Read- 6 Simple Tips

6 Simple Tips to Keep Your Kids from Forgetting What they Read

Learning to read is more than reading the words on paper.  Children have to learn how to comprehend stories as they develop their fluency.   This may sound easy but for many children it is difficult.  Using these 6 simple tips to keep your kids from forgetting what they read will help them understand better.

Learning the cause of reading comprehension is a good place to start.  Especially considering some issues can be easily resolved.

Causes Lack of  Comprehension

  1. Sleep Deprivation – Having enough sleep is critical for children’s cognitive skills.  It plays a huge role in focus and memory.  Try putting your child to bed earlier to ensure enough rest.
  2. Busy Mind – The mind can be very busy.  Many children are using devices like the iPad, or cell phone more frequently.  This can cause the mind to be overactive.   Limit the amount of time your child uses technology.  Try practicing relaxation methods like meditation or breath exercises.  It creates a time of calmness so your child can focus on their work.
  3. Lack of Interest – The material may be boring.  When children do not have an interest in a subject they have a tendency to tune it out.   You can prevent this by selecting stories that interest them.  I would also suggest teaching them how to read information that is not always interesting.  At an early age, children should learn that sometimes you read for pleasure and other times it is to learn new skills.

Solutions to Better Comprehension

  1. Summarize the story.  After completing each story have your child summarize the pages or chapters they have just read in their own words.  Summarizing the information forces your child to think about the information and identify important parts.  Encourage your child to keep the summary simple and understandable.  It will be easier to understand.
  2. Have a discussion.   Have your child find someone and talk about the book. If it is a chapter book they can tell it to a friend. Non-fiction books can be used to talk about their opinions about the new subject they learned.  Talking to others about the book helps your child to recall the information. It will also build their confidence in believing they are an expert on that subject.  This will be extremely helpful for remembering the story.
  3. Have your child pretend to be the teacher.   Tell your child to imagine that they are a teacher and this chapter is the subject they will teach.  Challenge them to teach another student who has no idea about the topic.  By the time they are done they will have mastered the material and taught someone else.

If your child is experiencing difficulty comprehending, continue to practice reading short passages using these tips.   I would also suggest Scholastic Teacher Online Store.  They offer several materials that you could use at home with your child.   When I was a classroom teacher this was one of the places I would shop to find materials I needed to help my students needing additional assistance.

Scholastic Teacher Store Online

Montessori also provides resources that will help your child with reading.  You can learn more about them here.

All the Best,

Tania Sims



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