Hello moms, today we’ll talk about Teach Reading Comprehension Strategies. Did you understand that 38% of grade four students have reading abilities below the lowest basic level as determined by the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)? The NAEP is the only real ongoing survey of what students known and tracks their performance in various academic subjects for the United States. In their report, the NAEP unearthed that 38% of grade four students had reading achievement below basic levels, with a fundamental level reading score being 208.
To put things in perspective, the US reading scale has an upper limit score of 500, with average reading scores for grade 4 (217), grade 8 (264), and grade 12 (291). The grade 4 reading achievement levels are categorized by the NAEP as Advanced (268 score), Proficient (238 score), and Basic (208 score), and the fundamental reading achievement level is defined as follows by the NAEP:
Fourth-grade students performing at the Basic level should demonstrate an understanding of the entire meaning of what they read. When reading text appropriate for fourth graders, they need to be able to make relatively obvious connections between the writing and their particular experiences and extend the ideas in the text by making simple inferences. 
Unfortunately, over a next of grade four students read at levels even below basic. Is your child having reading difficulties? Research on Phonemic Awareness are finding that early reading helps improves a child’s reading and spelling abilities. In reality, the National Reading Panel has concluded based on their massive review of over 1,900 studies that teaching phonics and phonemic awareness produces better reading results than whole language programs.
There are numerous documented benefits and benefits of teaching children to see early on, and teaching them to reading using phonics and phonemic awareness instructions. It’s clear that early language and reading ability development passes great benefits to the little one because they progress through school at all grades, and that early language and reading problems can cause learning problems afterwards in school. As an example, a Swedish study unearthed that children with a history of reading problems at school entry scores significantly substandard on reading in grade 4. As well, children that shows very low interest in books and story reading before age 5 also scored similarly low on sentence reading in grade 4.  This really is just one of many studies which may have similar findings, and this helps it be an imperative for folks to start exposing their children to books and reading at an early age.
So how early?
There’s no set guideline on when you should start teaching your kids to see; however, you can begin cultivating your child’s passion for books and reading as soon as they’re born. Obviously, very young babies would not even understand what books are, however, talking to your son or daughter and reading to your child can help them produce a keen liking for books and stories. As your youngster grows and gets older, avoid TV-sitting them, because because they create a dependency on television as their main source of entertainment, it becomes very hard to dislodge that need for TV entertainment, and encourage them to enjoy reading books. Instead, keep age appropriate books all throughout the house, and read to them often. You’ll find that they’ll start picking up books and pretend to learn themselves, although at very early ages, they still cannot read.
People typically genuinely believe that kindergarten or grade one would be an appropriate time because of their children to start reading; however, this is not the very best approach as studies have repeatedly found that children with good phonemic awareness before entering kindergarten continues to outperform, and achieve exceptional reading and spelling abilities as they progress through school. On another hand, children who enter school with reading difficulties may continue to possess reading and spelling difficulties. Thank you for reading this article about Teach Reading Comprehension Strategies and see you next time.
1. NAEP 1998 Reading Report Card for the Nation and the States
Authors: Patricia L. Donahue, Kristin E. Voelkl, Jay R. Campbell, and John Mazzeo
2. J Learn Disabil. 1999 Sep-Oct;32(5):464-72.
Early language development and kindergarten phonological awareness as predictors of reading problems: from 3 to 11 years of age.
Olofsson A, Niedersøe J.
Department of Psychology, Umeå University, Sweden.