Tuesday, September 24, 2013

FLUENCY

Perhaps you have heard your child tell you, "We are working on FLUENCY in Mrs. Applegate's classroom." when they are reading aloud to you. We have been discussing the importance of reading with Expression, a "just right rate", and "a just right volume" so far this year. Have your child demonstrate just what this means when they are reading aloud to you. We will also be focusing on Smoothness and Phrasing.

Here is a excerpt and link to learn more about FLUENCY and its importance in helping your child become an excellent reader. :)

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.

Children who do not read with fluency sound choppy and awkward. Those students may have difficulty with decoding skills or they may just need more practice with speed and smoothness in reading. Fluency is also important for motivation; children who find reading laborious tend not to want read! As readers head into upper elementary grades, fluency becomes increasingly important. The volume of reading required in the upper elementary years escalates dramatically. Students whose reading is slow or labored will have trouble meeting the reading demands of their grade level.

taken from this wonderful website:
http://www.readingrockets.org/helping/target/fluency/

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