• Developing Fluency

    How can we develop fluency in our young readers in authentic ways?  Consider some of these ideas:
    • Readers' Theater
    • Choral Reading of Poetry
    • Modeling Fluent Reading in Daily READ ALOUDS
    • Reading familiar books in a fluency box
    • Oral reading opportunities in a Guided Reading group
    • Teacher Feedback.  Set high expectations.  If a child is reading one word at a time, stop them, and tell them that is not how reading sounds.  Model reading a few words at a time.

    Remember, fluency is not speed reading.  A fluent reader has an appropriate pace, and reads in meaningful chunks,with intonation, inflection and pitch that reflects his/her understanding of the story.  It requires practice, practice and more practice.