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Easy Ways to Increase Your Child's Reading Fluency (page 2)

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Updated on Mar 21, 2011

Repeated Readings

All children love games and challenges. Challenge your child to beat his own reading record through repeated readings of the same passage. Follow these steps for a highly motivating and effective strategy to increase your child’s reading fluency.

  1. Choose, or have your child choose, a short selection he enjoys reading. The selection should be between 50 and 200 words in length. This selection should be just difficult enough that your child can read and understand it, but cannot yet read it fluently.
  2. Tape or have your child tape his first oral reading of this passage. Undoubtedly, his reading will be slow and choppy.
  3. Then, ask your child to read the passage several times (at least four) until he is able to read it fluently. You can discuss with your child the analogy of athletes developing their skills by spending considerable time practicing the same basic movements until they develop speed and effortlessness.
  4. Last, tape or have your child tape a final oral reading of the passage. Listen to the difference in fluency between the two readings and celebrate your child’s success!

A variation of this activity is to measure your child’s reading progress by timing the first oral reading of the passage you or your child selected. You can use a stopwatch to time your child’s actual first reading attempt or you can time the tape recording of the first reading. After your child has read the passage several times, time your child reading the passage again and cheer about how much time he cut off his reading! Time your child’s readings in seconds, and your child will really be amazed at the time difference! Make a special reading medal and award your child’s accomplishment.

Reading fluency is as important to reading comprehension as being able to decode the words. With a little practice, your child will be well on her way to becoming a fluent reader and will relish the time you have spent with her. In the process, you will also model for your child the importance of reading. Happy reading!

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