Improving Reading Fluency Part 2

Last Wednesday’s Parent Post, Improving Reading Fluency, Part 1,
began our investigation of reading fluency. This week’s post continues this
topic, with a heavier tech slant. 

The important thing to remember is whatever
you choose to try, keep it light. I’d hate to think that anything I suggested
detracts from your family fun!


Audio Books

As I’ve said before, I’m a big fan of audio books. They’re good
for vocabulary development and increasing enjoyment of books. They’re also
great for developing fluency. Some reasons and ways to use audio books:

  • Many librarians and teachers
    are women. Audio books allow boys to hear male narrators as role models.
  • Audio books provide models of
    good reading, pacing and expression.
  • Have your child listen to an
    audio book first and then have him read the text on his own, either to
    himself or aloud.
  • Audio book readers are usually
    trained actors. Model trying to read aloud like the audio book reader.
    Encourage your child to do the same. Keep it fun!
  • Have your child listen to the
    audio book while he or she follows along with an unabridged (important!)
    copy of the book.
  • Consider making your own audio
    books of favorite stories. Family members can read different parts. Ham it
  • If your child has been
    identified as having a learning disability or dyslexia, taped books are
    available from Recordings for the Blind & Dyslexic (RFB&D).

People Reading Activity

Print the People Reading cards.

Click on the following links to print off these short phrases:

Short Fluency Phrases (First 100 Words)

Short Fluency Phrases (Second 100 Words)

Short Fluency Phrases (Third 100 Words)

Reader 1 chooses a People card and a short fluency phrase card.
She must read the short phrase to represent the person that was drawn. Take
turns. Variation: players try to guess what People card the reader chose.

I love this idea! Check out Reading Resource for other ideas.


Robot Reader

This site is not free, but is one I would have been interested
in as a teacher and probably as a parent. I like games that help you practice
skills and the sheer volume of games offered here appeals to me. I’d love to
hear your take on this program if you try it out.


Resources used for this post:

LD Online

Recordings for the Blind & Dyslexic

Robot Reader


Please share any fluency ideas you’ve tried!


One thought on “Improving Reading Fluency Part 2

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