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What is oral reading fluency?
"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. When reading aloud, fluent readers read in phrases and add intonation appropriately. Their reading is smooth and has expression." (Reading Rockets, Fluency)
Fluency is very important for students' reading development. Fortunately, there are ways you can help your child at home.
1. Model Fluent Reading - Even if your child can read independently, they still need to hear what fluent reading sounds like. Do this with the weekly poem(s) and some books, both new and old favorites.
2. Chorally Read with Your Child - “Choral reading,” is when a teacher or parent reads aloud and asks the children to follow at the same pace. Choral reading is another way to show your child what fluent reading should sound like. Do this with the weekly poem(s) and books that are at your child's reading level.
3. REREAD - Having your child repeatedly read poems and favorite books will help them to develop fluency, not only of that poem or book, but of future reading material as well.
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