Think About It!
How to Help Your Kids
Read it and Get it!
is the Key
I Love the Look of Words
I love the book and the look of words
The weight of ideas that popped into my mind
I love the tracks
Of new thinking in my mind.
Real comprehension has to do with thinking,
learning, and expanding a reader’s knowledge
Good readers use the following comprehension
strategies to unlock meaning:
2. Make Connections
3. Ask Questions
5. Determine Importance
Visualizing and Creating
• I see,hear,taste,feel and smell what
•Visualizing helps me to understand what
Tips for Creating Sensory
1. You can help your child enormously by sharing your
own sensory images.
2. Ask your child what they see, hear, feel, see or
might taste throughout the reading.
3. Ask your child to close their eyes as you read a
sentence, a paragraph or a page from the book.
Stop and describe in as great detail as possible.
4. Draw pictures after the story.
5. Act out what you read.
6. Compare your images and feelings with your
Background knowledge is all that you
bring to a book: your personal history,
all you’ve read or seen, your adventures,
the experiences of your day to day life,
your relationships, your passions.
• Text to Self: between something you’ve read and
something from your personal life.
• Text to Text: between what you’re reading and
something you’ve read or seen or heard, such as a
painting, movie, television program, or song.
• Text to World: between what you’ve read and the
boarder world. These are often bigger “idea”
Tips for Making
1. Encourage your child to connect their
lives to books at any time.
2. Be an interactive reader and
personalize the experience.
3. Always discuss the book before, during
and after the reading by talking about
4. Connect to the characters. How are
you alike or different?
Questions help a reader clarify ideas
and deepen understanding.
Young children are master questioners. In
their quest to make sense of their
world, they bombard those around them.
When reading, children try to figure
things out, they try to put the pieces
Tips to Encourage Questioning
1. Choose quality, rich picture books that
have sophisticated content.
2. Ask questions before, during and after
3. Ask questions where you have to seek
other sources for the answer.
4. Always ask what they are thinking after
the question is asked.
5. Let one question led to another.
6. Ask questions about the author.
When the mind is thinking, it’s talking to itself. Plato
Reading Between the
Look for Clues
•Listen to the words and phrases
•Look at the picture
•Use your background knowledge and
understanding to infer words and
A Simple But Critical Concept
• Predicting raises questions about what is
• Predicting will confirm or dismiss
old predictions and make new ones.
• When you predict based on clues, you
prepare to uncover new ideas and begin
to draw conclusions about larger ideas in
Tips to Promote Inferring
• Offer your own predictions before
during and after you read.
• Always encourage and share the
thinking behind your decisions.
• Predict and infer beyond books.
• Play word games (I spy,Charades).
• Look for clues in the book together
• Look for meanings beyond the words.
A mind stretched to a new idea never goes back to its original.
• Determining importance has to do with knowing why
you’re reading and then making decisions about
what information or ideas are most critical to
understanding the overall meaning of the piece.
• Knowing your purpose for reading is a big factor in
determining what’s important when you read. It
affects how carefully you read and has an impact
on what you determined to be important.
Putting It All
• Information alone in meaningless. It
has to be thought about, organized
and then internalized, then you end up
• Basically, we identify what’s important
and then add our own personal
thoughts to form a perspective.
Tips to Foster Determining
Importance and Synthesizing
• When possible, ask why you chose or are
reading a particular book.
• Look for new facts
• Use the text features on the page i.e.
bold print, glossary, captions etc.
• Retell the most important parts of the
• Let the words spark a conversation.
• Ask, “What does it mean to me?”