Katy Moore, M.Ed.
It’s me, Mrs. Moore, again, and I am excited to share ideas with you about how to foster and enhance your child’s reading skills! For the month of March, I would like to focus on providing simple ways to help your child learn to read with fluency, as well as learn vocabulary.
Fluency is the ability to read with speed, accuracy, and proper expression. Reading should sound smooth, not like a robot, or choppy. As children become fluent readers, they will better understand the text, giving them comprehension and a love for reading. To practice fluency, you should start out with an easier leveled book for your child, so he/she can practice the speed and words they already know. The levels can become more challenging, once they work their way up. A timer can be used, trying to beat the previous time, with accuracy. Focus on expression.
Vocabulary is all about words and their meanings and explanations. Vocabulary is a huge component of reading comprehension. A large vocabulary will create success in reading, writing, communication, etc. There are many ways you can help your child build his/ her vocabulary. For example, you can read to your child everyday. Make sure you point to the words as you read them and go over the pictures. You can use labels in the home, or create a word wall in your child’s room. Parents can play word games, introduce a new word each day, or use words in a sentence.