Fluent Reading

I just found an interesting little video that might be useful for parents and teachers. It talks about the importance of becoming a fluent reader and how fluent reading is a key contributor to reading efficiency and comprehension.

The best way to achieve this? By rereading familiar, just-right books. Most new readers need to read a book many, many times before their reading is fluent. This means, in a nutshell, that their reading should sound like talking. There should be expression, phrasing and appropriate intonation.

(Right at the start of this video you can hear the difference between a fluent and non-fluent reader)

A “just-right” book is crucial. Kids don’t become better readers by reading books that are too hard for them. If they’re struggling with some of the words and their reading tends to be word-by-word, then either find an easier book or have them continue reading the same one until they sound like the children in the video.

Source: A Year of Many Firsts

If you’re getting “tired” of listening to your child or student read the same old book over and over again, take heart:)  It’s very necessary for their reading development. When children revisit familiar books, they improve their fluency, which leads to increased comprehension and enjoyment.

Happy  Reading!


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