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reading fluency and reading comprehension

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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?

Submitted by eoffg on Fri, 05/11/2012 - 7:27 AM


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?

Submitted by sam's mom on Sat, 05/12/2012 - 4:37 PM


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—.

Submitted by Katie on Tue, 10/07/2014 - 4:27 PM



I would recommend her reading the questions first. Then I would have her read the story two times. During the second reading she can star next to areas where she may answer a question, and also put the number to the question there, too. After that when she gets to the questions, have her look back in the text and highlight the answer. Students must learn that they need to check the text for answers, and not just pull them out of thin air.

Good luck!

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