Teaching Your Child To Read – Step 5 Fluency, Expression And Reflection
Stacey Silverstein, Owner and Teacher at Kinder Connection explains step-by-step how parents can help their child learn to read at home. Learning how to read is taught sequentially in steps. When teaching your child to read it is important not to move too quickly to the next steps until your child has mastered the previous steps. In the previous video, Step 4, your child will have begun learning new reading strategies.
In this video, Stacey describes Step 5, which is reading with expression, fluency and reflection. This is the final step in teaching your child how to read and has three main components. This first component is reading with expression. It’s important to demonstrate to your child the difference between reading monotone and reading with expression and intonation so children can understand the importance of expression when reading aloud. Read them a few pages from a book with no excitement or expression, then re-read the same pages using proper expression of voice. You child can learn by modelling after your examples.
The second component is learning to read with fluency. Explain that reading should be fluid and smooth without extended stops and pauses during and between words. Again, you can read a few pages from a book with and without fluency so your child understands the difference. This is something that as they progress through the grades that their teachers will be looking for.
The final component is learning how to re-tell and reflect on the story they’ve just read. After reading a book, ask your child questions about the story. What happened? Who were the main characters” What lessons did the story teach? How did the story make them feel? These are referred to as the 3 R’s – Reflect, Relate and Re-tell and are key to making sure your child understands and can relate to what they are reading.
About Kinder Connection:
The Kinder Connection is a group of Ontario Certified Teachers, Early Childhood Educators and Experienced Teaching Personnel that proudly teach at Ministry Licensed Day Nurseries in the Greater Toronto Area.
The Kinder Connection is owned and operated by three B. Ed. Teachers with years of expertise in the Primary Panel with a variety of specialized qualifications and training. They began The Kinder Connection over ten years ago, and they continue to enroll over 500 students per year in their Nursery, Junior Kindergarten, Senior Kindergarten, Summer Camps, Specialized Reading Programs and Private Tutoring Sessions.
Realizing the potential of young learners, Kinder Connection has developed an enriching, creative program specializing in a variety of curriculum areas focusing on the importance of The Early Years Developmental Guidelines. This includes nurturing the “whole child” and providing activities that will engage and build upon each child‘s natural ability to learn and discover. Their program extends beyond the Ministry Curriculum, and provides learning opportunities that are exciting, fun and unique. Children learn a wide variety of skills and concepts that will help them to become life-long learners. Students are encouraged to be self-motivated risk-takers who welcome knowledge and learn a variety of essential concepts to prepare them for success in school. The Kinder Connection philosophy is that all children have a natural curiosity to “think outside of the box”, and are eager to attain the skills they need to be confident, well-rounded students.