Teachers are passionate about teaching and one of the most important things to teach our students, especially the younger ones, is reading comprehension. Reading comprehension is one of the basic building blocks of teaching in younger grades. So, if you are an elementary teacher for our K-2 learners, no pressure, right?!? Don’t worry, reading comprehension can be fun and easy with these kiddos. You just need patience and a few tricks up your sleeve.
Reading comprehension is the ability to understand what one has read. Being able to process and understand the words on the page is important so that when you learn you are actually learning instead of just reading words that have no meaning.
A great way to help encourage reading comprehension in young readers in your classroom is to find something they want to read about. You know your students and you know their interests because you have a rapport with them. As a teacher you want to build a relationship with your students and you know what they like. Use that knowledge to find something they would enjoy reading about so they don’t even realize they are working on reading comprehension.
As teachers, we know how important reading comprehension is in our students. I have spent countless hours helping students to learn to love to read. Reading opens new doors of amazing worlds and new knowledge. The best trick I have is to be persistent and keep going. If your students aren’t understanding reading comprehension or aren’t excited about reading, try something else. Try asking questions about what they read along the way or try different material. Make it a game.
Reading comprehension can and should be fun for you and your students. For more help, check out the English Language Arts (ELA) resources available in my TPT store for you to try something different. I have a convenient bundle for you to spread out the fun throughout the year in my First Grade No Prep Literacy Bundle. Maybe you need Literacy Centers for the year. You can find them here!
Teaching reading comprehension to your students can and should be fun and once they discover their love for reading, they will never stop!