Reading Fluency Part 7. Reading fluency is a child’s ability to read a book or other text correctly, quickly, and with expression. A fluent reader doesn’t have to stop and “decode” each word. Rather, most of the words can be read automatically. This means the reader can focus his attention on what the story or text means. Fluency is the bridge between decoding words and understanding what has been read.
How fluent is your child? How do you know?
Fluency develops over time and with lots of practice. The best way for parents to determine how fluently their child can read is to listen to him or her read out loud. When listening, think about:
Phrasing and smoothness: Does your child read word-by-word with frequent hesitation? Does your child read in short phrases, but ignore punctuation? Does your child read with good phrasing and rhythm?
Pace: Does your child read slowly, at a mixed rate, or at a conversational rate?
Expression and volume: Does your child read with a quiet voice, or with volume and expression?
As your child develops fluency, you will notice that your child reads words in a meaningful way, guided by the text’s punctuation. Her reading will be at a conversational pace throughout the reading. She will read with expression, and the volume will sound as though she is talking with a friend.
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