Some children understand what they read aloud much more easily than text that they have to read silently. When I work with students on reading comprehension, one of the things I teach them is to "read, pause, think, read on." When you are helping your child at home to understand a reading assignment, try this: First have him read a paragraph or so. Then have him pause, even close his eyes for a moment, and think about what he just read. Can he remember what happened in that part of the story, or name some details learned if it's a non-fiction passage? If he doesn't remember much, then reread that paragraph; otherwise continue and read on. Continue to employ this strategy paragraph by paragraph. Your child will remember a lot more about a 3-page assignment in his Social Studies text doing it this way, than if he read the entire 3 pages and tried to recall the content. Good luck!
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