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Reading Comprehension

Reading comprehension is the ability to extract meaning from decoded text — the ultimate purpose for reading. To comprehend, a child must first be able to read the words on the page accurately and then apply their understanding of the words' meanings, knowledge of the topic, critical thinking skills, and an understanding of how texts work. Both word recognition and language comprehension must be strong and work in concert in order for a child to understand what they read. Learn more about reading comprehension

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