Comprehension Homework for Kids and Teens

Reading comprehension is one of the most important skills that children learn in school because it's used in every subject and in most areas of life. Children who fall behind in reading comprehension risk falling behind in other subjects too, so providing your son or daughter extra help at home is beneficial.

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How Can I Help My Child with Comprehension Homework?

If your child is struggling with reading comprehension homework, you may want to give him or her extra practice after school. You can help your child by sitting with him or her while completing homework to find out where difficulties lie and where improvements can be made. Then, read the text together, and ask targeted questions about the content. When you discuss the content while reading, your child will stay focused and will be less confused. Any time you encounter comprehension issues, reread that part of the passage and discuss it again. To get started with a child of any age, try the exercises below.

Reading Comprehension Exercises

Practice for Kids

Children at every age and grade level have likely completed reading passages and comprehension questions in the classroom. However, classroom assignments may not relate to your son or daughter's interests. Because reading comprehension questions are a great way to test and discuss your child's understanding of a text, try finding or creating sample texts that he or she will enjoy reading and want to learn more about. For example, if your child has a pet, select a free comprehension passage and worksheet from the Internet on the proper steps to wash a dog. Alternatively, if your child enjoys helping you in the kitchen, find a recipe that your child can read, answer questions about and then actually make.

Activity for Teenagers

An activity older students can complete to help them in their reading comprehension is creating maps of story elements while reading. As your teen reads a story or text, ask him or her to fill in a worksheet highlighting the characters, setting, plot, theme, climax and resolution. By taking the time to evaluate and analyze the text, your son or daughter will gain a deeper understanding of the key elements and how they fit within the text as a whole. Several variations of story element maps can be found for free online from teaching and education websites.

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