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Reading Comprehension Benefits

Reading comprehension is the most important academic fundamental, with immeasurable benefits. Some reading comprehension benefits are well-documented: improved reasoning skills, better, more insightful writing, faster reading, and better performance in many subjects. These benefits alone should inspire parents to focus on their children’s reading comprehension. But they don’t. We hope the overlooked benefits below will inspire more people to go all-in on reading comprehension.

Overlooked Reading Comprehension Benefits Reading Comprehension Benefits

Strong readers get ahead in school with less stress, and they get a better high school education. Here’s why:

  1. Strong readers interpret complicated narratives in English and retain more information in history, resulting in an easier time with school and homework.
  2. Strong readers enroll in more AP courses, the only way to guarantee a better public school education.  Why?  Because AP classes have strict, college-level curriculum requirements.
  3. Strong readers excel in AP language arts courses, including AP English, AP U.S., and AP Euro., enhancing their GPAs and college prospects.
  4. Strong readers share classes with other advanced students … “tell me the company you keep and … These students are great influences on each other.
  5. Strong readers experience less frustration and develop higher academic self-confidence, a hugely important benefit that we cover in another post.

Reading Comprehension Benefits 

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Tips for Teaching and Inspiring Children To Read Reading Comprehension Benefits

There are several opportunities that parents have to instill a love of reading:

  • Use books as rewards for young children to imprint the value of books in their brains.
  • Create fun book clubs with friends and/or schoolmates. Invite popular teachers to lead group discussions (and pay them).
  • Find book series that interest your children. I started with books about famous athletes and “The Hardy Boys.”
  • Create your own book groups and make sure your children see them in action (see below).

Reading Comprehension Benefits

Here is one of the three most important tips for parents with young children:
The behavior you model has more impact on your children than your “parenting.” You might respond with a “no, duh,” but how many people regularly consider the behavior they model? This has been one of the biggest lessons that we have learned with our own four daughters and the 30,000 students (and 20,000 families) who have come to Lafayette Academy. The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree;  90% of the time, difficult parents have difficult children and friendly parents have friendly children.

Here are a few more ideas to inspire children to read: 24 Ways to Motivate Beginning Readers   14 Ways to Encourage Grade-Schoolers to Read

 

Want to Boost Your Children’s Reading Comprehension?

Lafayette Academy has a fantastic reading program (in person and online) to help K-8 students enhance their reading skills.  Click here to learn more about Strategic Reading, a program with lasting reading comprehension benefits. Strategic Reading combines sophisticated technology with experienced teachers to help students accelerate their reading levels.

Reading Comprehension skills provide lifelong benefits.

Just how long those enhanced abilities last depends on the amount of reading kids do between ages 5 and 10, the crucial formative years for reading. Over time, kids who can quickly and accurately read new information retain their cognitive benefits from early reading. In other words, children who learn to read well at an early age continue to reap the rewards throughout adolescence and beyond. In fact, studies have found that faster readers in both childhood and adulthood tend to be more successful in school and work than adults who were slower readers in childhood.

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Reading comprehension benefits.