When he first started putting letters together into words, your child spent lots of time learning to "decode"--make sense of--text on the page. Now that second grade is here, he'll be working on a new phrase, "fluency,"--the ability to read smoothly and at a pace that promotes understanding of what is being read. Fluency, along with comprehension, is the ultimate goal for readers of all ages, but can be especially difficult to achieve at first when a young learner is just beginning to read.
To help your child develop fluency, provide him with repeated opportunities to listen to good reading, and to listen to himself reading, too. In this way, he’ll develop a good sense of what fluency sounds like, and model his own reading in the same manner. While all this sounds serious, it's actually exciting and fun for you and your child to watch reading skills take off. And with a basic tape recorder, and some fun books to read, your child can not only get valuable fluency practice, but make someone else’s day in the process!