What is Reading Fluency?
Practicing with fluency passages is an important part of helping your child improve with their ability to read fluently. If your child makes many errors when reading or the reading does not sound like a spoken conversation, he or she needs to practice reading fluency. Early readers spend a great deal of mental energy sounding out words on the page (decoding). Their reading often times sounds robotic-not fluent. As a child learns the phonetic rules and can apply them with ease along with having automatic recall of all sight words, reading begins to sound more like fluent reading.
By third grade your child should be reading a minimum of 70 w.p.m (words per minute) at the beginning of the year. Students progress to a reading rate of 86 w.p.m by mid year. As the third year comes to a close, your child should be reading 100 w.p.m.
I will be sending home weekly fluency passages. Set a timer for one minute. Listen to your child read the passage each night for one minute. On the bottom of the page, please mark how many words your child read that night. At the end of the week, your child should be able to read the passage in its entirety in one minute. Your child will enjoy both the challenge and the accomplishment at the end of each week.
Thank you for working with me to help your child be the best reader he or she can be.