EducationHow Broadening Your Child’s Knowledge Helps Improve Reading Comprehension

September 5, 2018
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You have probably heard that reading is a great way to gain more knowledge. But did you know that widening one’s knowledge helps improve reading comprehension too?

It is a fascinating two-way relationship.

First of all, be selective about what your child is reading. Is the reading material stimulating your child’s imagination and helping him or her see the world in a new way? Does it bring a sense of comfort to an issue he or she is personally struggling with? Or perhaps it brings a deeper level of understanding about a topic he or she loves. For this, classic children’s books come to mind.

Whether it is a fairy tale that has stood the test of time, or a newspaper article that informs them of current events, what your child reads matters. Reading comprehension and knowledge are interconnected.

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How reading comprehension is intertwined with knowledge

Reading has the power to broaden a child’s knowledge of the world. That knowledge will then provide context to any new material that your child reads, helping his or her mind make better and accurate inferences to the content. Just as the variety of texts matters, so too does your child’s comprehension of those texts.

The British Cohort Study revealed that reading for pleasure improves children’s brains. The study confirmed that frequent reading boosts intellectual progress in the areas of vocabulary, spelling and even mathematics; possible additional benefits include helping children process and absorb new ideas and concepts in school and beyond.

Think of this fantastic cycle in which any child who enjoys reading will likely thirst to read more. By doing so, they grow their knowledge bank, and that growing knowledge will feed their reading comprehension abilities.

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Where an enrichment class comes into play

To widen their children’s knowledge and strengthen their reading comprehension skills, some parents look toward various types of enrichment classes beyond the school curriculum.

Examples of enrichment classes include phonics enrichment class, creative writing tuition, and reading and writing programmes.

A speech and drama enrichment class might not seem like an obvious choice directly related to reading comprehension improvement, but it boosts self-expression, vocabulary and confidence – all of which overlap with the skillsets required of a strong communicator, which, after all, is the root of all reading and writing.

The MindChamps Reading Programme is an all-in-one reading comprehension, phonics, and speech enrichment class that incorporates theatrical strategies to liven up the process of reading.

As your child practices reading richly with expression, he or she will become more engaged with the material, connect with the characters, comprehend the text on a deeper level, and grow bolder when speaking in groups.

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Parents, learn from leading experts in the field of Early Childhood Literacy.

Join us on 2nd Jun (Sat), 2 pm – 5:30 pm, to learn about the science, research and the best ways to nurture the love of reading in your kids. Register here for this session at The Auditorium, Actors Centre Australia, Italian Forum Cultural Centre. Hurry, seats are filling fast! 

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