Reading Homework Help and Exercises

Teachers assign reading homework to help students improve fluency and comprehension, while practicing grammar, pronunciation and language reasoning skills. If your child struggles with reading homework, try the exercises below to help him or her progress more quickly and increase confidence.

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How Can I Help My Child with Reading Homework?

Reading homework can take several forms, varying in length and difficulty. Some teachers will ask students to read a short chapter or article for homework, while others may ask students to answer comprehension questions. Reading homework can also include long-term projects, like book reports.

Many kids struggle with reading homework, but your child may find it less challenging if he practices reading frequently outside of the classroom. Encourage at least 30 minutes of reading for pleasure each day. You may also want to provide additional comprehension exercises for your child to complete so that he may become more comfortable with his current abilities while still developing more advanced skills.

Three Reading Practice Exercises

Reading Comprehension Q&A

While your child has probably completed reading passages and comprehension questions in class, it is less likely that she has engaged in one-on-one discussions about a particular book or story. You can help your child improve her critical thinking and reading comprehension skills by having an actual discussion with her.

Discussion questions tend to be more challenging and engaging than multiple choice or fill in the blank questions. In addition, when kids discuss a text aloud, they may develop a deeper understanding for it. Ask questions that address your child's thoughts on character behavior, the sequence of events or the conclusion.

Role Playing

At home, switch roles and have your child act as the teacher. To get started, both you and your child will need to read a text. Reinforce the role-playing theme by allowing your child to select the reading material. After reading, engage in a discussion with your child, but have him prompt you with questions. For example, your child may ask you to summarize what happened in the story or to provide your thoughts on a character. Giving your child control may help him feel more confident while also providing additional practice with comprehension.

Story Creation for Picture Books

If your child enjoys creative activities, encourage her to write an entire story from scratch based on a picture book. Depending on your child's grade level, she may already have a firm grasp on narration and dialogue; if not, help her to create full sentences and a sequence of events that makes sense.

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