Fluent reading is the ease and smoothness of reading words with appropriate pauses and inflection. It is important because it frees the reader to concentrate on meaning.
If a reader is having problems with decoding words easily, fluency is usually poor. This problem must be solved with intensive practice in phonics skills and/or word families. Check out our Learn to Read Bingo Games and our Reading Tutor Bingo Games.
Lack of mastery of high-frequency sight words also presents fluency problems. These high frequency sight words are words which appear often in primary English text but do not follow regular phonics rules—words like “they” and “said.” These, too, must be mastered before there is a probability of fluent reading of text. See our Sight Word Kit A and our Sight Word Kit B.
Our products provide the extra practice in decoding skills that is often lacking is today’s busy classrooms.Teachers teach these skills, but because so many students require different levels of practice, not all students are able to master the important fundamental decoding skills in the amount of practice time presented in class.
Some learners who know phonics skills and high frequency sight words still exhibit hesitant reading of words. Here are some other effective ways to improve fluency for them:
- Read at an independent reading level. Easy reading encourages fluency and confidence.
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- Repeated, monitored reading of the same text
(4 times is usually sufficient to improve fluency)
- Timed readings (graph on paper to see improvement in text with an approximately equal numbers of words)
- Choral reading (adult and learner together)
- Following along with text during audiotapes
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