What is Fluency?
Reading fluency refers to the ability of readers to read quickly, effortlessly, and efficiently with good, meaningful expression.
"Fluency is one of the key skills that increases comprehension, the real goal of reading. Teaching fluency means developing automaticity in word recognition, so learners can devote their available cognitive energy to comprehension". Timothy Razinski
One important goal of weekly fluency practice is to make students automatic readers. A reader who has to sound out each word cannot focus on the meaning of what is being read.
“Fluency is, in sense, a bridge between phonics and word decoding on one hand, and vocabulary (word meaning) and comprehension (passage meaning) on the other. Fluency means making readers’ decoding skills so automatic that they can focus on the meaning of the passage”. Tim Rasinksi
Ideas for reading with your child
Research indicates that parental involvement is key to students’ success in learning to read (Henderson). In fact, a recent international study of reading achievement (Postlethwaite & Ross) found that parental involvement in children’s reading was the number one predictor of reading achievement worldwide.
- Be your child’s reading buddy. Parents should set aside time to sit next to their child and read together.
- Read aloud to your child. This should continue well beyond the point when children can read independently.
- Find a series. Children who like one book in a series will probably enjoy the others as well.
- Make reading purposeful. Link reading to activities you are doing, such as going to the zoo, grocery shopping, visiting a museum or nature walks.