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Friday, October 25, 2013


Fluency is the ability to read in a smooth, flowing, connected way. This includes reading with expression and reading at a conversational pace. Knowing more high-frequency (sight) words increases fluency. Fluency is very important because reading fluently improves comprehension. We have begun working on reading fluently in our whole group reading lessons. At home you can show your child what fluent reading sounds like and help them practice reading with greater fluency. Rereading a story more than one time will help with fluency. Reading stories with lots of conversation helps, too - Elephant and Piggie stories are great to use to practice reading with expression since both Elephant and Piggie show so much emotion in each story.

If you are looking for great books to read with your child, you might want to check out my book boards on Pinterest. I have several boards with all kinds of books that range from Kindergarten to Third Grade. If you are looking for some new titles to read with your child, check these out. Many of them link directly to the Douglas County Public Library so it is easy to put them on hold and then go pick them up (that is what I do). Click on the picture or the linked words above to go to my Pinterest page.


No homework for the weekend. Enjoy some great books with your child.

Our IA next week will be PE. Please help your child remember to wear appropriate footwear.

Interesting Link
Read Every Day: A Healthy Prescription for Your Child

1 comment:

  1. As a homeschooling mother of four young kids, I really enjoyed your post. Although we have always used phonics to teach our children the technical process of decoding, we embrace the idea that reading aloud and sharing information about what we read is critical to the development of fluency. My eldest child, now nine, reads beautifully - and I credit the shared reading we have done over the years for that gift.

    Reading is a social activity, not something meant to be done in isolation. I believe it is easy to forget that. When our children read, or are learning to become fluent readers, asking them about their book can really help them process the information they collect as they read.

    Thanks again for a great post!
    Jennifer S.