Reading Comprehension 01 - Cause and Effect 1
A new-born baby is confronted with tremendous stimuli from the moment they enter the world. Over a period of time the baby receives signals from his senses and stores them in his brain. The baby tries to understand them and, whenever required, recalls them. Language is an important tool in understanding these signals.
A child’s first learning lessons are through the environment at home, consisting of the mother and the rest of the family, and it is here that the mother tongue plays an important role. The child soon learns to speak the language of its parents and begins to comprehend what is happening around it. By the time the child goes to school and starts learning to read it has developed a sense of receiving stimuli and processing them.
Once the child starts learning the written language it is starting out on a new way of receiving stimuli. Soon, the child begins to make words, build sentences and make sense out of what it reads. During all these events the child was practising the art and science of comprehension. If a child is good at reading comprehension it means that the child’s level of understanding the gist of what is said in a written form of communication is good. While confronted with the reading material the child puts to use all that it has learnt in its English lessons such as words, grammar, sentence construction and vocabulary.
Reading comprehension concentrates on all aspects of reading and a child who has mastered these aspects would be able to comprehend better. How often have we heard the sentence ‘Son, if you want to grow big and strong please drink your milk?’ What is the parent telling the child in this sentence? That there is a cause and effect relationship! Growing big and strong is the effect of drinking milk. We teach cause and effect every time we help a young child recognise a relationship between two things, or when we demonstrate that one event is the result of another. Take this quiz and see how well your reading comprehension is honed to identifying cause and effect relationships.