Strategies to Improve Reading Fluency
Having a reader who is struggling can take time and has ups and downs. Have you heard, “Th, theee, ddooor is re real?” “Today Reggie decid to have a fun day. They plae with evvveryy.” If this sounds familiar where your child stutters or mispronounces a word is considered fall under the umbrella of fluency. The example above would refer to the accuracy of words where the reader could not pronounce vowel sounds and certain ending sounds. Being attuned to your child’s reading needs can make a tremendous effort on how to recognize strategies and books that meet his or her needs.
When attempting to help a reader, fluency is a skill that encompasses how fast a student reads, how accurate he or she can say a word out loud, and even expression. A fluent reader has the ability to see phrases and says the phrases with ease, and recognizes how the punctuation makes the story more expressive. Find more on Reading Rockets. Reading is complex and as a parent or educator, it takes time to see your efforts grow.
I wanted to share with you a few strategies that could support your child to read more fluently. As always try strategies more than once, and turn into something that will be fun.
Grade Level Words
Create a set of flash cards each week and practice having your child read those cards out loud. Make it fun, and turn into a game of concentration, tape them to the wall and give a reward for completing the task.
Input Words into Games
If you would like to use technology, there are plenty of free educational websites such as spellingcity. Here you will find grade level words, and your child can play games as the word appears.
Encourage Read aloud at least 20 minutes
As we all know, a good book is hard to find. But by reinforcing reading time for at least 20 minutes can build the stamina to read more. Specifically as a parent or guardian, you can be a model. For example when you are reading your book, your child should be reading alongside with you. Or have your child read out loud while you are making dinner or driving him or her in the car. Give positive words to recognize how you feel about their progress.
Child Reads Aloud & You Record Them, Allow For Playback
Another fun way is to use your phone or an electronic recording device. Have your child read an entire or part of a book online. Then when it is time to read again, play that recording back so he or she can read aloud with it. If your child makes mistakes, just point them out.
Radio or Television Listening
When Listening to the Radio, Online Streaming, or watching the television listen for key vocabulary words that you here. point out vocabulary and think of new sentences during a break.