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Updated on Sep 4, 2013

Put Words to Music

Print song lyrics for your child to read along to their favorite songs, or encourage him to follow along with the songbook at your religious organization,

Add Audio

When your child chooses a book, get the audio recording as well. Have him read along with the audio recording until he can read the story independently. Or, make the audio yourself; Allington suggests recording your child reading a passage over and over so he can hear the improvement as he reads faster and with more expression.

Come Back to Correct

When you read with your child, don’t stop to correct words that he struggles with or misreads. If you interrupt every time he makes a mistake, he’ll listen for your correction, instead of listening for meaning. Write down any words he misses and return to them once he’s finished the chapter or story. Ask him if the word made sense when he read it and, if he can reread it correctly, great. If not, help him figure it out.

Pick a Topic

If you have an older child who’s struggling with fluency, he probably feels like he’s missed learning information because he can’t get it from books. So, let him choose a topic he’s interested in, then find books at different levels that are all about that topic. The difficult, technical terms (the names of the dinosaurs, or engineering terms) are the words he’ll pick up quickly, so as he reads he’ll be practicing word patterns and sentence structure.

Every time you read with your child it’s an opportunity to develop fluency, as well as a love of reading. So, when you sit down, no matter whose turn it is to read, make sure the book is one that your child won’t want to put down!

Resources: Readings that Develop Fluency

Grades K-1

Authors for young readers:

Dr. Seuss Books (Green Eggs and Ham, The Cat in the Hat, etc)

Bill Martin (Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you see?)

Mo Willems (Elephant and Piggie Series, Pigeon books)

David Shannon (David books, Duck on a Bike)

Nursery rhymes and poetry to develop rhyme and rhythm awareness:

Here Comes Mother Goose edited by Iona Opie, or Random House Book of Mother Goose edited by Arnold Lobel

Give Yourself to the Rain: Poems for the Very Young by Margaret Wise Brown

Rumpus of Rhymes: A book of Noisy Poems by Bobbi Katz

Grades 2-3

Help children who are discovering chapter books develop fluency by reading books that use familiar word and spelling patterns over and over:

Chapter book authors:

Paula Danzinger, Amber Brown series

David Adler, Cam Jansen books

Dav Pilkey, Captain Underpants

Mary Pope Osborne, The Magic Treehouse Mysteries

Poetry for 2nd and 3rd graders:

Jack Prelutsky, Random House Book of Poetry for Children

Shel Silverstein (Falling Up, Where the Sidewalk Ends)

Grades 4-6

These authors’ novels are great for reading aloud and reading together:

Roald Dahl

Lois Lowry

Louis Sacher

C.S. Lewis Narnia series

Lemony Snicket, A Series of Unfortunate Events series

Interest reluctant readers with books of jokes and riddles:

Charles Keller, Awesome Jokes and Best Riddle Book Ever

Knock-Knock Knees and Funnybones, Riddles for Everybody, Judith Mathews and Fay Robinson

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