Welcome back to another installment of my Foundations of Fluency series! 🙂 I have posted three other times in this series. The first post related to comprehension. Read it HERE. My second post related to expression. You can read that by clicking HERE. My most recent post was on developing rate. You can get to that from HERE. I am really excited about this particular post because–similar to rate–this is an area that I think is most misunderstood as it relates to fluency.
Fluidity is the quality or state of being fluid. When a student is reading with fluidity, the words are easily understood and are enjoyable to the listener. This is a key part of a student’s overall fluency. Students increase in rate dramatically with improved fluidity.
When students are fluid, that’s where the magic happens! You can do so much more with them when they are able to attack the passage and not worry about the decoding constantly. Especially when it comes to practice, don’t be afraid to give students something on a lower level to read so that they are smooth. They will enjoy reading more and will feel more confident!
Looking for some fluency resources to support younger learners with fluidity and comprehension?
My Reading for Meaning Series is built for emerging readers. This is a great addition to small group reading or even as a nightly homework practice. Students can work on reading the text daily and focusing on sight words and decoding. Then, you can work through the questions on the final day you’re working on the text. The primary goal of reading in first grade is always utilizing decoding strategies to become fluent readers. Comprehension does not come naturally to kids who can not decode first. There are ten different passages each month for you to use with your students. The phonetic progressions build each month to match the pace of a traditional first grade classroom. I use these often with my learners and I find them so very helpful! I hope you will too! 🙂