Early exposure to reading comprehension questions and story details will help strengthen your student's ability to process what they read. They will become better readers as they continue to connect what they read to what they already know. Additionally, writing, playing games, and discussing story components will make your child a more active reader and comfortable with expressing their ideas in writing.
The following reading comprehension questions should be used repetitively with young children to assist in helping them form an understanding of story components and between reading and meaning.
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Thanks Erika. What a fantastic post. I find reading comprehension to be a huge challenge for kindergarten children and you are right. The questions should be asked repetitively. I will access this again in the fall when I get back to school so that we can can have more meaningful disussions of our read alouds. The interactive reading block is where most of the comprehension instruction takes place and having this rich bank of questions will be very helpful.
For our listening center reports, I have asked them, "Who is the main character?" and "What's the most important thing that happened in the story?" This format has worked as a basic template but many of the stories are not so clear. Sometimes there are several main characters and several important parts. I should edit my report form so it isn't one size fits all but rather focuses on a couple of the most important details for each individual book. I know how much effort is required of the student just to answer a couple of questions with the adult scribing.
The full list will be great as a visual tool in the classroom and will best be employed for the read alouds.
Any time you can connect what a child reads to their experiences they take more ownership. Please check out my blog at http://www.steppingstonestogether.com/conent-blog for more helpful beginning reading tips! Also, please pass on the program to your parents. The bonding experiences not to mention beginning reading skills that this program provides are priceless!
Dr. Erika Burton