Sunday, July 29, 2012

Building Reading Fluency

Every child has interests. Every child is motivated by something.When interest and motivation collide, learning occurs. Children learn uniquely.

I have a little learner who is motivated to read fluently. She wants to read independently like her sisters. We've tried readers. She needed something she found interesting. Animals. Perfect fit!

While at the library, I found some smaller books, easily held by little hands, with simple words. Not too much text on the pages and beautiful, inviting photographs. Perfect! One book, and she was hooked. One week later, while at the library, my little learner asked, "Mom, can we find more of those animal books!" This  visit, I found books with more difficult words and a bit more text. Reading is taking off!

     Tiger Cub   Rhinoceroses (Animals That Live in the Grasslands)

Beginning with easier reads and moving to more difficult:

Lions, Amelie von Zumbusch
Arctic Foxes, Emily Rose Townsend
Seals, Emily Rose Townsend
Polar Bears, Emily Rose Townsend
Puppies Grow Up to Be Dogs, Cecilia Minden 
Foals Grow Up to  be Horses, Cecilia Minden 
Tiger Cub, Monica Hughes
Rhinoceroses, Ethan Grucella
Anteaters, Megan Borgert-Spaniol
Camels, Megan Borgert-Spaniol
Crabs, Ann Herriges
Arabian Oryx, Anita Ganeri 

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