Children begin to develop the foundation for reading comprehension at birth through their language development. However, children do not acquire the specific skills that are needed to decode written words in the course of learning to speak. The decoding skills necessary for reading comprehension require explicit instruction in phonics.
uses finger to anchor self when reading. reads high frequent sight words correctly (the, and, but). drops voice at the end of a sentence. reads orally with expression. reads word-by-word.
Because language development is the foundation for the development of vocabulary, the more language experience the child has, the more vocabulary the child learns (Armbruster, Lehr, & Osborn, 2001). Vocabulary is important to reading comprehension.
Comprehension is viewed as the “essence” of reading and necessary for academic and lifelong learning (Durkin, 1993). Let’s review the various factors that contribute to developing comprehension.
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