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One of our main focus areas in English is teaching reading at PSPC is developing reading fluency in our students.

Reading is the key to success and parents can play an important part in improving the literacy skills of their children.  Reading aloud to even a baby is important as it builds their listening, memory and vocabulary skills.  All of which are essential prerequisites for children to become successful readers. Once a child reaches school, home reading may be sent home by a teacher.  

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When students have learned to read and automatically recognize many words by sight, they begin to read simple text aloud in a way that sounds like natural speech. Fluency is the rate (words per minute), accuracy (number of words correctly read) and the expression that they use.

By year 2, fluent reading is generally expected, yet a great deal of foundation building must occur in order to make it happen. Students in the upper grades who read aloud word by word or with little attention to punctuation require intervention. When a student does not read fluently, they lose meaning and can’t comprehend what they are reading.

Improving reading fluency is simple. We can do this by providing many opportunities for students to RE-READ familiar texts over and over again. By doing this, they can improve their reading rate, their accuracy and their expression.

How can you help? Read books, the newspaper, articles on the internet, poems, magazines, instructions, recipes, scripts and so on with your children. When they are familiar with the texts, that is, you have helped them work out any difficult words, allow them to practice RE-READING the texts over and over again to you. Ask other family members or friends to listen to them read. Record their reading, time their reading and record the improvements in their fluency. 

Above all enjoy the time reading with your child  and if you have any concerns about your child and their reading, please make an appointment to discuss it with your child’s teacher. Happy reading!!

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Last reviewed 12 May 2020
Last updated 12 May 2020