Fluency is defined as the ability to read with speed, accuracy, and proper expression. In order to understand what they read, children must be able to read fluently whether they are reading aloud or silently. ~reading rockets
Take a moment tonight and pull out a book that you believe is appropriate for your child’s reading level. Then take out your cell phone or watch to use as a timer. Select a portion of the text (usually one with at least 100 words) and ask your child to read the selection to you. Start the timer and listen to your child for 1 minute then ask them to stop. Go back and count how many words correctly they were able to read. That number is their fluency rate.
You can also do this with any child or adult :) in your household. Being able to read fluently is one of the keys to developing your child’s joy of reading. To build your child’s reading fluency try one of these three activities:
1. I Read to You, You Read to Me.
2. Repeated Reading- Have your child read aloud to your each night the same book for 5 straight days.
3. Read Aloud to your child (PreK-5th) nightly. They can become more fluent just by hearing you read.
After you have tried a few of these report back to your child’s teacher with your successes and/or questions.