reading comprehension for gifted 9 yr old

Teresa - posted on 09/09/2015 ( 5 moms have responded )

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My gifted grandson who is 9 is starting to show difficulty with reading comprehension even though he reads fluently and above grade level in the past. Any ideas why?

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Jodi - posted on 09/10/2015

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A child can read well without actually comprehending what they are reading. So being a fluent reader doesn't mean he's actually understanding it.

Dove - posted on 09/10/2015

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He's right about the age that they stop reading just 'for fun' and start needing to comprehend WHAT they are reading... A lot of 4th and 5th graders start to have trouble now (according to my daughters' teachers when THEY were in 4th/5th grade). The teacher should be able to have ideas to help you prompt him to think about what it is he is reading and interpret the meaning of the text. It can take some time and a lot of practice.

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♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 09/26/2015

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There is a distinct difference between reading for fun, and reading for comprehension. Most children struggle with the latter until they find what works for them. As Dove suggested, his teacher should be able to help him learn to extract information from his reading to enhance his comprehension.
At home, you can also work with him by having him read out loud and asking him questions to guide his comprehension of what he's reading.
Just because he's reading above grade level means nothing. I was reading well above my grade level (middle school (8th & 9th year) at 6 or seven (second year). My comprehension didn't develop until I was a bit older than your grandson.

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