Reading Comprehension and Reading Fluency Levels Can Be Very Different
What is the student’ s reading comprehension? That is the question we often ask at school meetings and the answers may astound you:
- One 10th grader was tested by the school and they said he was reading at the 9th grade level. Which was true — he read well when he read out loud. The school had not measured his reading comprehension, When they did, they found out his reading comprehension was at the 4th grade level. This problem is quite common
- A 5th grader was reading at the 5th grade level but her reading comprehension was at the first grade level
- The real horror show was the 10th grader, where the school said her reading was 4 years below grade level and her comprehension was 9 years below grade level
Reading fluency is accurate measure of a child’s ability to correctly read fluently. This is measured by reading out loud.
But just because a child reads the words doesn’t mean the words are understood. Fluency can be strong at the exact same time reading comprehension is weak.
With the new Common Core Assessments in school, reading comprehension, how well your child understands what is being read, can mean a reading score that is much lower.
At 3D Learner, we recognize that word recognition and fluency are both important. But our key focus is on improving your child’s reading comprehension. Comprehension is the key that often unlocks an exciting learning breakthrough.
For students who learn differently, knowing how to master comprehension is critical. Your child may need to take an entirely different approach to improve reading comprehension. Your child may need to both visualize what is being read and to comprehend it.
7 Ways 3D Learner Helps Students Achieve Learning Breakthroughs:
- We start with a reading speed and comprehension assessment. Others often use indirect measures of reading. A direct focus on the key issue of reading comprehension is essential.
- We have found that mastering sight word vocabulary is a critical skill. This is approached most effectively in 3 dimensions.
- We address the key visual processing, attention and working memory issues that are critical. Each child has individual needs.
- Your child must learn how to visualize information being learned before true and enduring comprehension can take place.
- Assistive technology can be helpful.
- It is important to tap into your child’s interests during the process of improving reading comprehension. This is what builds a lifelong love of reading. Later, children can read other things, but at first we go with a “Chocolate Diet” – reading what your child loves to read.
- Improving reading comprehension and the love of reading is the proven approach to success. Improving reading speed and comprehension, and cultivating a love of reading creates massive change.
We offer a Success Assessment that screens for a learning difference and attention, anxiety and eye-teaming challenges. We recommend you do the “Online Success Assessment”with your child — their answers may surprise you. Then give us a call to discuss the results.
3 Things You Can Do To Help Your Right-Brain Learner
- To better understand how your child learns, and how you can capitalize on those strengths, DOWNLOAD Mira’s short, uplifting book “Life is a Ball, Don’t Put Me in a Box.”
- Take our no cost Online Success Assessment. It will help you see if your child is a right-brain learner and whether your child has an attention, eye-teaming and/or related issue
- After taking the assessment, give us a call and ask us your questions. We’ll help you better understand what your child is dealing with, and what you can do to make a positive difference.