Reading Fluency is Great for Comprehension
Fluent readers sound like they are talking when they are reading. They do not have to concentrate on the words to decode, but can read automatically and focus on the story or what the text means.
Teachers work to teach students to read smoothly, where they can recognize words effortlessly, and comprehend what they are reading. Fluency is the bridge between decoding words and understanding what has been read. Because fluency leads to comprehension, fluent readers enjoy reading more than students who have to work hard just to sound out the words.
To create better readers, parents can help support their child develop reading fluency with fun activities.
Here are seven awesome ideas to help your child become a more fluent reader:
- Reading and re-reading easy books is a great way to build your child’s confidence and fluency. Let your child pick favorite books and read them over and over again.
- Use paired or “buddy” reading with your child. Take turns reading. You read first to model good fluent reading with expression. Your child can re-read the same page you just read or the next page, taking turns.
- Poetry, nursery rhymes, and songs can promote fluency. Let your child perform as a poet, actor, or singer for an audience. A reading performance provides an authentic reason for repeated readings.
- Model fluent reading by reading aloud.
- Review and play sight word games with your child. Learning these common words will improve your child’s accuracy, rate, and therefore, comprehension.
- Record your child’s reading. It is a fun way to practice fluency by creating their own recordings or audio books.
- Make time to read every day! It will make a difference to your reader.
Remember, fluency is the bridge between decoding words and understanding what has been read. Because fluency leads to comprehension, fluent readers enjoy reading more than students who have to work hard just to sound out the words.
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Do you have any questions about reading or reading techniques? Leave your questions in the comment section below.
Written by Stephanie Steele