Have you got one minute a day to help your student?
Fluency is one of the five major components of reading and should be included in a child's reading skill building routine. It can be one of the most fun routines of all and takes less than two minutes a day to do at home.
HOW TO BUILD FLUENCY: PRACTICE. Just like an athlete must practice regularly to skill build, so should readers.
First, select a passage that is on the child's current reading level. A simple Google search "___ grade reading level passages" will bring you a multitude of options. Copy and paste them using the free source linked below to confirm the reading level of any passage and provide it in a format with the number of words cumulatively in the margins. Next, set a timer for the child to read it aloud to you for one minute. Somehow, students don't mind this and love the challenge of the timer. On your separate copy, note mistakes and kindly correct mispronunciations. If a child self corrects, don't count that as a mistake. Do not count proper nouns as a mistake either. There are too many derivations.
Repeat the one minute readings daily until your student achieves 180-200 words per minute (high school), 140-160 (middle school), and 100-120 (elementary). If the passage is not mastered within a week (or sooner if you can tell there is too large a gap here), move down a level and try again. Likewise, if met, move up and celebrate/reward.
As a reading coach and specialist, I would be glad to help you get started with your child, even via phone. My rates are reasonable. It takes 10-15 minutes to place a child on the correct level to begin.
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To learn to read is to light a fire; every syllable that is spelled out is a spark. —Victor Hugo