Reading comprehension is very important. Since small children have a short attention span, you will need to pick a simple story that is familiar and fun for them.
Ex. The Three Little Pigs
Begin by reading the story slowly an carefully. Focus on only one sentence at a time.
Ex. Each of the pigs had to build a home.
“What did the pigs have to do?”
“Why did they have to build homes?”
The first question can be answered by looking at the sentence whereas the second sentence will have your child think. If they are having trouble with the second sentence, help them along.
Ex. Perhaps there were no homes for sale. They needed a place to live.
Have your child answer each questioning a complete sentence.
Ex. “ How old are you?”
Many kids simply say 5 or 6. The complete answer is, “I am 5 years old.” Part of the question can be used in the answer.