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First, Some Obvious Reading Comprehension Benefits

We hate to dispense obvious advice, but I’m making an exception today because it’s really important that parents hear the complete case for reading comprehension. Why? Because reading comprehension benefits are vaster than people realize. Please indulge me.

The “obvious” benefits of strong reading comprehension are well-documented: improved reasoning skills, enhanced creativity, better memory, and less stress. On their own, these benefits should inspire parents to get reading comprehension help for their young children. Still, the case for reading comprehension becomes even more compelling when you add some of the less-obvious benefits:

Indirect Reading Comprehension Benefits

Strong readers get ahead in school with less stress. They also get a better education in high school and beyond …

  • Strong readers comprehend complicated narratives in English and retain more information in history, resulting in better grades and less stress.
  • Strong readers enroll in more AP courses, the only way to guarantee a better education because AP classes have strict curriculum requirements.
  • Strong readers excel in AP language arts courses, including history, enhancing their GPAs and college prospects.
  • Strong readers share classes with other advanced students … “tell me the company you keep and …
  • Strong readers experience less frustration, and develop higher academic self-esteem. Most of us know how it feels to struggle with a book or get lost in a movie.

Reading Comprehension Benefits

Tips for Teaching and Inspiring Children

Parents play a large role in helping young children become independent readers. There are several opportunities that parents have to instill a love of reading, including the hiring of an inspiring tutor. Here are some other tips:

  • Use books as rewards for young children (I know someone who did this with her boys and they became consistent, avid readers!)
  • Create fun book clubs with friends and/or schoolmates. Invite popular teachers to lead group discussions (and pay them).
  • Find books 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. The behavior you model has more impact on your children than your “parenting.”
  • Get involved with the PTA and create a few schoolwide events and/or competitions around reading and writing.

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 to help students enhance their reading skills.  Click here to learn more about Strategic Reading, a program with reading comprehension benefits that surpass more simplistic reading programs. Strategic Reading combines sophisticated technology with experienced teachers to help students accelerate their reading levels.

Finally, we (okay, I) apologize if some of the information here is painfully obvious. I hope our information about high school classes helped put a slightly different spin on what you hear all the time.

 

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.