Are you helping your child read fluently?

Are you helping your child read fluently?
Posted on 12/01/2019

Are you helping your child read fluently?

Studies consistently show that students who read aloud with fluency are most likely to have a strong understanding of what they’ve read. Your child reads fluently if he reads aloud smoothly, accurately and with expression.

Answer yes or no to the questions below to find out if you are helping your child develop this valuable reading skill:

  1. Do you set aside time for your child to read to you in addition to the time you spend reading to him?
  2. Do you let your child pick what to read? Even if you think it’s too easy, nothing succeeds like success.
  3. Do you try not to interrupt when your child reads a word incorrectly?
  4. Do you offer help if your child asks how to pronounce a word, and then encourage him to keep reading?
  5. Do you discuss a book after your child is finished reading?

How well are you doing?

If most of your answers are yes, you’re helping your child develop fluency. For each no answer, try that idea.

Reprinted with permission from the December 2019 issue of Parents make the difference!® (Elementary School Edition) newsletter. Copyright © 2019 The Parent Institute®, a division of PaperClip Media, Inc

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