Amy Mascott has written a useful article on the Scholastic website called What To Do When Kids Don’t Read Fluently.
If you would like to read the entire article you can access it by clicking on the picture.
The main points are:
- Fluent readers understand what they are reading.
- Fluent readers sound natural and conversational.
What can parents do to help their children read more fluently?
1. Avoid frustration. Stop the reading if your child is struggling to solve the words and is not running the words together in a meaningful way. Close the book and let the child have some time to de-stress.
2. After a while invite your child to open the book to a favourite page. You can model how it should sound. Encourage your child to join in. You could take turns to read the parts to each other.
You and your child can read the story at the same time and / or ‘Echo Read’. (This is when one person reads a sentence or phrase first, and then another person reads it immediately after.)
Fluency is assisted by listening to fluent reading and by practicing fluent reading. Relieving the frustration of stilted, word-by- word reading and sharing the task can be very beneficial for the struggling student.