Why Is Fluency Important?
Fluency ("the ability to read text quickly, accurately, and with proper expression") is the critical bridge between two key elements of
reading--decoding and comprehension.
-Accurate decoding, automaticity, and ability to read expressively--work together to create effective comprehension and overall
success in reading.

A fluent reader generally reads with speed and accuracey, and usually displays these kinds of behaviors:
* Recognizes words automatically
* Applies graphophonic, semantic, and syntactic cues to recognize unfamiliar words
* Segments texts into meaningful chunks
* Emulates the sounds and rhythms of spoken language while reading aloud.

A nonfluent reader, in contrast, may display these kinds of behaviors:
* Reads slowly and laboriously
* Processes text word-by-word in a choppy manner
* Frequently ignores punctuation
* Fails to use meaningful phrasing
* Shows little certainty when reading high-frequency words
Students need to be fluent in  
order to be proficient readers.
Please have your child read for
20 minutes each day.
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Ideas for Helping Your Young Reader:

~ Learning to read takes practice. Loving to read takes
enthusiasm. So, read with your child often and create a passion
for reading.
~ Read to your child everyday possible!
~ Have your child read out loud to you. Listen carefully and make
sure to praise your child's reading.
~ Take turns reading. You read a section, then have your child
read a section.
~ Even after they can read on their own, read to them so that
he/she can enjoy stories or books that interests them but are too
hard for them to read by themselves.
Brought to you by the National Education  
               Association.
5 Tips for Reluctant Readers:

1. Make reading relaxing and low key for a short  
part of the day.
2. Read aloud some funny or interesting parts of
your favorite book.
3. Draw your child in with a riddle book for kids, a
passage from a magazine, or a newspaper
story.
4. If your child likes a movie, see if it is based on a
book, then bring it home to read.
5. For kids who have lost the motivation to read,
use material that is intensely interesting to them.

Tips by reading expert, Marie Carbo
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In our classroom, we use the Macmillan/McGraw Hill
Reading Series. There are 6 Units in this series, and we will  
hopefully get to all 6.

Click below to see the list of stories we will be reading this year.

                 
    By the end of the 2nd grade, students need to correctly read  
90 to 100 words per minute. They will also need to know 200
to 300 high frequency and/or irregularly spelled words in
connected text.
To view a lists of high frequency/sight words, click below:

                

        
Read to Me
Read to me riddles, read to me rhymes
Read to me stories of magical times.
Read to me about castles and kings
Read to me stories of fabulous things.
Read to me pirates, read to me knights,
Read to me dragons and dragon back flights.
Read to me spaceships and cowboys and then,
When you are finished, please read them again.
Jane Yolen
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