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Fluent Readers

Congratulations—it's a reader!

Now that your child is a fluent reader...

Continue reading aloud together. Children need to hear what good reading sounds like. Reading together is fun and is and excellent opportunity to share ideas and thoughts.

Take an active interest in what your child is reading. Although you're encouraging your reader to choose his or her own books, there's nothing wrong with suggesting some of your old favorites, too!

If you feel your child is struggling or not progressing, seek help from your child's teacher or reading specialist. The sooner action is taken, the sooner your child can catch up or become more comfortable with the situation.

The Transition

Your child has gone beyond decoding words and has become a fluent reader. Moving from books with many pictures and large type to ones with small type and few to no pictures may be difficult for some.

To ease this transition you might try several options:

Read magazines. Magazines can be a special treat for new readers, especially on subjects of great interest, such as animals, video games, or sports.

Read a collection of fairy tales or short stories. Completing a short story will offer a sense of accomplishment.

Read nonfiction books, how-to books, and cookbooks. These books often lend themselves to browsing, not complete reading. This might come as a relief to a new, overwhelmed reader. It also reinforces an important fact that reading conveys information.

Read joke or riddle books. This is a good comprehension tool: To get the joke or guess the riddle, the reader must truly understand what he or she has just read. And they tend to be short!

With countless books to chose from, here are some ideas for getting started.

Series books are wonderful for newly fluent readers. These books often have a comfortable "formula" and consistent style.

Discover a favorite author and read everything he or she has to offer.

Ask a librarian, teacher, or your child's friends for book recommendations. Visit the library's book suggestions page. to find more books your child might like.

Movies based on books and books based on movies make for a fun comparison.

Think about what interests the reader personally. Animals? Mysteries? Read all about it!

Most of all, let the reader choose his or her own books!

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