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[JAN. 4, 2007]
Q: My son is in
third grade. He enjoys school and makes good grades. The problem is
reading. His teacher tells me that his comprehension is good, but he
needs to improve his fluency. When I listen to him read, he seems to
"read" words that are not there. What can I do to help him?
A: While fluency -- the
ability to read smoothly and clearly -- may come naturally to some
children, fluency can also be cultivated through patience and
practice. You can help your son. One of the best strategies is to
provide him with plenty of opportunities to read and reread aloud.
Try the following tips:
together. Model fluency by reading aloud with expression.
Point to the words as you do this. Point out pauses in a
sentence. Take turns.
to read and reread easy books aloud so that words will
become more familiar.
Have him read
fun stories with rhyming words. These show the connection
between spelling and pronunciation.
but don't correct words immediately. Ask if the word made
sense in the passage. Then have him look at it again.
Have him slow
down a little. He may be adding words because he anticipates
what is coming.
Have him read
aloud to a younger sibling or neighbor.
Make reading a
part of everyday life. If you're cooking dinner, ask your
son to read you a recipe. If you're busy folding laundry,
suggest that he read you a favorite story while you finish.
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You have a bright son and can be proud that he makes good grades.
Don't worry too much about his fluency. Even very skilled readers
may trip over unfamiliar text, such as a technical manual or medical
journal. Continue to encourage reading. Focus on his achievements,
not his weaknesses. This will build his confidence.
For more information about helping children learn or to submit
your own question, go to http://advisor.parent-institute.com. All
questions will receive a prompt answer by e-mail. Copyright 2006,
The Parent Institute.
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