What is Reading?
Reading is a multifaceted process involving word recognition, comprehension, fluency, and motivation.
Reading is making meaning from print. It requires that we:
Sometimes you can make meaning from print without being able to identify all the words. Remember the last time you got a note in messy handwriting? You may have understood it, even though you couldn't decipher all the scribbles.
Sometimes you can identify words without being able to construct much meaning from them. Read the opening lines of Lewis Carroll's poem, "Jabberwocky," and you'll see what I mean.
'Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
Finally, sometimes you can identify words and comprehend them, but if the processes don't come together smoothly, reading will still be a laboured process. For example, try reading the following sentence:
It isn't as if the words
Reading in its fullest sense involves weaving together word recognition and comprehension in a fluent manner. These three processes are complex, and each is important. How complex? Here goes?
To develop word recognition, children need to learn:
To develop comprehension, children need to develop:
To develop fluency, children need to:
But if reading isn't pleasurable or fulfilling, children won't choose to read, and they won't get the practise they need to become fluent readers.
Therefore, reading also means developing and maintaining the motivation to read. Reading is an active process of constructing meaning? The key word here is active.
To develop and maintain the motivation to read, children need to:
So…what is reading?
Reading is the motivated and fluent coordination of word recognition and comprehension.
Quite an achievement for a six-year-old!
Reading can be regarded as the process of looking at a series of written symbols in order to get meaning from them:
Comprehension could be regarded as the main goal of learning to read.
The ability to read forms an integral part of a person's life. It is an important skill needed for a happy, productive and successful life.
An excellent reader is a confident person with a high self-esteem!
Reading involves a complex cognitive process of decoding symbols in order to construct or derive meaning (reading comprehension). Reading is therefore the way a person obtains information from letters and words.
At Wise Eye, we are delighted to see how our reading programme contributes to a happy productive child. In this process a strong self-image is formed, that again leads to a child full of confidence: able to reach his full potential.
This newly accomplished skill opens a whole new world of knowledge. And we are all familiar with the saying that “knowledge is power!”
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