If you’ve been around Homeschooling With Dyslexia for long, you know how much our family loves the All About Reading and All About Spelling curriculum.
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The All About Reading readers are one of the many reasons that we love All About Reading. With their compelling storylines, intricate (and non-babyish) drawings, they captivate my kids’ attention just enough to get them to push through the real difficulty of reading.
If you’ve been teaching a dyslexic child to read, you know how important that is!
One of our biggest struggles in teaching reading is the development of reading fluency. Reading fluency is the skill of reading through a text accurately, quickly and with expression. Fluency is important because of its profound effect on comprehension.
Oftentimes, a reader who lacks fluency will lose track of the storyline while reading because of the immense amount of effort required to simply decode each word. Paired with working memory weaknesses that are often present with dyslexia and you have a recipe for disaster.
The good news is that fluency can (and should) be taught. Research has revealed a variety of effective means of teaching fluent reading to kids with dyslexia. Read more about teaching fluency in this post.
How I Teach Reading Fluency With All About Reading Readers
One problem we faced early on with All About Reading was that my dyslexic readers were unable to read an entire story in the AAR readers. Reading was still a lot of work and by about half way through each story, they would begin the slow and steady progression towards a melt down – which I try to avoid at all costs! I make it a goal to make teaching reading fun and so I searched around a bit for some answers.
Here’s what I found that really works:
This solution came straight from the Appendix in the AAR Teacher’s Manual. By the way, if you haven’t read through those, there is a treasure of valuable information tucked away in them.
Be your child’s reading buddy by reading one page of the story and having your child read the next page. On the following day, switch pages so that your child is reading the pages that you read the day before. On the third day, if needed, have the child read the entire story.
Paired reading meets a few different needs. One, they can get through the entire story so there is a feeling of success. Two, there is a break from the intensity of reading for a few minutes. And three, kids feel special when mom (or dad) read with them, which builds confidence.
Reading Old Readers
This idea came from the All About Spelling curriculum and has been a huge success with our struggling readers. All About Reading takes an innovative stance on the teaching of spelling by teaching it separately from reading. Since reading skills (decoding) develop so much faster than spelling skills (encoding), we don’t start teaching spelling until after finishing level 1 of All About Reading. This has worked well for my kids because, again, it builds confidence and is an excellent review of what was learned previously in their reading lessons in All About Reading.
All About Spelling encourages kids to re-read the Level 1 readers from All About Reading for practice with the spelling concepts they are encountering. I love this because my kids can pretty easily read these old readers and it is another awesome confidence and fluency builder.
Remember that fluency is the last skill to develop and that it is developed primarily through practice. Buddy reading and reading books at or below their fluency level will provide practice in a fun and engaging way.
There are many ways to develop fluency. This post covers two simple and easy to implement ways to teach and enhance fluency using the All About Reading readers. For more information on the All About Reading and Spelling curriculum, click the image below.
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For more information on teaching fluency, consider taking my Teaching Fluency & Comprehension parent course.
In this class you will learn:
- what reading fluency is and how it develops
- how fluency affects comprehension
- nine of the most effective, research-based methods for increasing reading fluency
- easy-to-implement methods to enhance your child’s reading comprehension at home
To learn more about our Parent Courses, visit our Parent Dyslexia Courses page.