Subject: reading fluency and reading comprehension
My 8 year old daughter (2nd gr)has some general academic difficulties. She has poor handwriting and difficulty with math fluency for facts (she can add/subtract anything with touchmath and fast- but doesn't have the facts). She has always struggled with reading and goes twice weekly to tutoring. Her reading fluency has now improved to 107 wpm, but her comprehension remains low. She still reads with a somewhat halting cadence as if she is unsure and she still guesses at longer words but can decode them when asked to sound them out. Her listening comprehension is very good. She is distractible and a little immature. My question is: why hasn't her comprehension improved (I thought it would with the better fluency) and what can we do to improve this?
Hi Sam's Mom and welcome here,
One thing that I would ask, is if she reading out loud, or reading silently to herself?
If her difficulty with comprehension is when she is reading out loud? Then you could have her read something silently, and then test her comprehension? Where you might find that her comprehension is better when reading silently?
Thank you! Your response is most welcome. I will 'test' this today and see how she does. A friend also suggested that she re-read 2 or 3 times to help her understand (that even though fluency improved she was still working too hard on decoding to get the passage). I will let you know how it went with her--.