UNDERSTANDING THE MEANING OF WHAT'S READ
Teachers Call This Skill:
Comprehension is gaining meaning from what you read. Children from a very early age can begin thinking about what they have just read and tell you what a story is about. When children read, they must turn their “minds on” and actively think about the meaning of what they are reading.
The goal is for children to understand the book they read and the books that are read to them. They can answer questions about the story and find evidence by flipping through the book’s pages to point out and prove their answer.
The show their understanding by retelling about the characters, setting and important events from the story. If the book is nonfiction, they can describe important facts from the book. They can even act out a story.
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Different Ways to Read
Books are the best way to expose children to new vocabulary, stories and higher-level thinking skills. But reading on their own is not the only way to access stories. Read alouds and audio books offer the same benefits and let children enjoy a great book. The OUSD Digital Library offers hundreds of audiobooks that let your child hear stories and build their reading skills.