It’s vital that we support young children’s reading in ways that nurture healthy reading identities, that foster an attraction to books and a love of reading, and that teach them how make meaning in any text they choose, whether or not they can read the words.
—Kathy Collins and Matt Glover, I Am Reading, published by Heinemann
Kindergartners Can Do It, Too is a great article that discusses how we can encourage active thinking and comprehension in our young students whether or not the students are actually reading the words. The article shares strategies for explicitly teaching comprehension such as making connections with the velcro theory, making mind movies for visualization and using our brains for inferring.
A compilation of some comprehension reading strategies and videos of reading comprehension lessons for young readers can be found at:
How are you encouraging our youngest readers to actively think about and engage with text?