Evaluating reading comprehension is a very important aspect of a child’s education, and one thing that Charlotte Mason recommends. However, only doing it once a year, at the end of the year can allow for gaps to be happening without your knowledge. Doing regular evaluations, as soon as your child can read well, will help you understand exactly where your child’s comprehension is throughout the entire year, allowing you to navigate the year for their benefits based on their weaknesses.
Evaluating Reading Comprehension
When my oldest children were in early elementary, I would regularly evaluate their reading comprehension. At first, we would do a 3 minutes test consisting of 10 questions with a ‘yes’ or ‘no’ answer, every Friday. I found that this helped them to understand that we read to retain information, and not just read.
They would read the story and attempt to answer as many of the 10 questions as they could correctly within the 3 minutes allowed. At first, this was very difficult for them, however with practice they improved greatly.
As they drastically improved on these weekly test, with consistent 100% grades, I would move them to the next level of test. Still 3 minutes, but the stories grew in difficulty due to the size in text and vocabulary.
I liked that I could test all of my children in the same 3 minutes, but on different test for their own levels of reading comprehension.
Each test for the Books A – E have a wide range of grade comprehension based on the number of correct answers the child gave. The scores have the grade first, followed by the number of month for each grade. So a score of 4.6 would mean the child comprehension level was a fourth grade, six month. A score of 10.3 would mean tenth grade, third month.
The first test results for the year would determine where I would place the next several test. If my child scored a 4.6 on their first test of the year, I would give the following test where that would be the middle target for 1/2 of the questions being correct. When the child started to improve on their test, I would increase the grade target by a few months at a time.
After I had them take 10 test, I would take an average of all their scores and that was their reading comprehension score for that part of the year.
This method has worked amazing for all of my kids thus far, and will be what I do for my last child, as well.
These are the books that I have used, and highly recommend to be used in homeschool or at home, for any child.
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