Why Should My Child Read Every Night?

Why Your Child Should Read for 15 minutes Every Day

Source: U.S. Department of Education, America Reads Challenge. (1999)
Start Early, Finish Strong: How to Help Every Child Become a Reader. Washington, D.C.

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How can you help your child build reading fluency?

What is Fluency?
According to the National Reading Panel (2000), fluency is the ability to read text with speed, accuracy and proper expression. Fluent readers...
  • recognize words automatically
  • read aloud effortlessly & with expression
  • do not have to concentrate on decoding
  • can focus on comprehension
Why is it important?
Fluency doesn't ensure comprehension, but comprehension is difficult without fluency. If a reader is constantly stopping to decode and figure out unknown words, most likely meaning will be disrupted and the process of reading becomes long and laborious.
When students make gains in reading fluency, they are able to put their energies into comprehension and are able to analyze, interpret, draw conclusions and infer meanings from texts.
Activities to Help Your Child Build Fluency
  • Model fluent reading - read aloud to your child
  • Books on tape - children can listen to stories on tape as they follow along in a book
  • Repeated reading - practice reading your guided reading book several times until fluency has developed
  • Record your child - have your child read their book while you record their voice, then have them listen to themselves
  • Word Study - build their sight word knowledge in order to recognize words quickly when reading