Roaring Readers

Good readers are active readers. When your child has a hard time understanding what she reads, Roaring Readers class can help. Problems in comprehension occur when children are able to read fluently and accurately, but are unable to understand what they are reading. Children who are unable to comprehend struggle academically and develop low self-esteem. Good comprehension requires good listening, reading and critical thinking skills.

They start with the development of simple skills such as details and sequence, and progress to higher order thinking skills such as inferences, fact and opinion and cause and effect.

What is unique about the program is that it identifies where children are at in terms of reading levels and starts from that level, so that they can slowly build up their English language and understanding skills. The purpose of reading is comprehension — getting meaning from written text. A major goal of reading comprehension instruction, therefore, is to help students develop the knowledge, skills, and experiences they must have if they are to become competent and enthusiastic readers.

Reading comprehension skills separates the "passive" unskilled reader from the "active" readers. Skilled readers don't just read, they interact with the text. To help a beginning reader understand this concept, you might make them privy to the dialogue readers have with themselves while reading.

When a child struggles with comprehension, she/he also struggles with academic grades. Think about it- what she reads in a textbook is a sequence of words that just does not seem to make much sense. All she can do is desperately depend on rote.

Dependence on rote has limitations in today’s environment. It might get you to pass that one exam, but in a world where information is constantly changing, the need of the hour is the ability to take in new information and make sense of it. It is then the ability to use it.

Comprehension is a complex skill that is developed only with practice. A structured program is vital. More importantly, it is quite different from fluency and word recognition. Comprehension is the ability to grasp and analyze the essence of the text so that they no longer feel like just a string of words put together – it is a child’s ability to understand the characters, the main ideas, identify the details or the sequence, or even make predictions of what is expected to follow.

It is critical from Grades 1-5 so that children are able to build a solid foundation in terms of learning and language skills. Good comprehension empowers children to become self-learners.