If your child is old enough to read a chapter book, he/she is old enough to answer questions about the book. One of the things that I do with my tutoring students is assign a book for them to read for “homework”. I give them a list of questions for each chapter and have them write their answers down and bring them to me the next time we meet.
The questions should be ones that require them to really be paying attention to what they’re reading. Especially relationships between people. Example: Who was Paul? (He may be the uncle, brother, cousin.) Just try to focus on things that are important in the story/plot. Don’t ask what color the boy’s shirt is unless it matters in the story.
These questions help them think about what they’re reading and read more carefully so it goes without saying that you need to be reading ahead of them. Make a list of questions that are appropriate for your child’s reading and comprehension level.
Questions are a fantastic way to get your child engaged in what he/she is reading. Writing their answers is a great way of improving your child’s writing skills. It’s a two-in-one!