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Friday, September 11, 2015

All about fluency

School Improvement

At Manzanita, our School Improvement Goal related to LITERACY has to do with increasing students’ oral reading fluency.  Below is some information adapted from the website  I encourage you to visit this website for more information and activities that you might explore with your child.

Fluency is defined as the ability to read with speed, accuracy, and proper expression. In order to understand what they read, children must be able to read fluently whether they are reading aloud or silently. When reading aloud, fluent readers read in phrases and add intonation appropriately. Their reading is smooth and has expression.

What parents can do at home to support fluency development:
  • Check with your child's teacher to find out their assessment of your child's word decoding skills.
  • If your child can decode words well, help him or her build speed and accuracy by:
    • Reading aloud and having your child match his voice to yours
    • Having your child practice reading the same list of words, phrase, or short passages several times
    • Reminding your child to pause between sentences and phrases
  • Read aloud to your child to provide an example of how fluent reading sounds.  Even older students enjoy and can benefit from this.
  • Give your child books with predictable vocabulary and clear rhythmic patterns so the child can "hear" the sound of fluent reading as he or she reads the book aloud.
  • Use audio books; have the child follow along in the print copy.
  • Encourage your child to read passages or poems aloud repeatedly.

Modeling a love of reading---where students see family members read, where they read together, and talk about reading---is one of the very best things that parents can do to support students’ academic development…and is a special gift for families to enjoy!