Fluent Easy Readers contain more complex ideas, extended episodes and action and more advanced vocabulary. Many of the fluent titles are part of a series, which means children can enjoy a favorite character over and over in different books.
Children at the fluent reading level will:
- Be able to decode longer, multi-syllabic words
- Read chapter books and comprehend most or all of the story
- Ask the meaning of an unknown word and usually remember it for future use
- Read aloud expressively and smoothly, using punctuation and sounding like they are speaking
Activities to do at home:
- Continue to expose your advanced reader to poetry, as it reinforces the rhythm of language and stimulates imagination. Try authors such as Shel Silverstein, Jeff Moss, Jack Prelutsky and Doug Florian.
- Encourage your child to read longer books. Lengthier stories encourage children to recall what was read (characters and events) and to predict what might come next.
- Expose your child to other reading materials such as non-fiction books and magazines. There are many good quality magazines designed for young readers, including Time for Kids, National Geographic for Kids, Highlights, Ranger Rick, sports magazines and more. Many magazines also feature an online component.
Books at the fluent level are identified with a blue label on the spine. Many of the fluent books also have red dot stickers, indicating they are chapter books, which is an important milestone for many fluent readers.