Learning to read is hard work! It is an important time in a child’s life, and it is not a skill that develops overnight. Fostering the development of an emergent reader and building fluency skills is like caring for a delicate flower. You need to water it, care for it, and tend to it in order for it to bloom and thrive. I am always looking for fun ways to encourage extended practice of important sight words and fluency skills! I love this FREE emergent reader and fluency passages sampler and you and your students will too! Scroll to the end of the post to grab your freebies!
Building Fluency in Early Readers
Learning to read is not something that happens at the same time for everyone. No matter what standards say or what is “supposed to happen” – it truly depends on the child and their development. As a Kindergarten teacher, I have the privilege of being a part of this magical process with the earliest of readers.
Throughout the year we work hard on letter recognition and sounds, sight words, word family knowledge, and decoding CVC words in isolation. That means we’re ready to practice putting words into the context of a story! Fluency passages and emergent readers are some of my favorite resources for building fluency skills all year long!
I love word families for the practice they provide in recognizing “chunks” of words in bigger words, and how they open up so many CVC words for kids once they realize they know the “chunk” or rhyme.
My students that are ready to build fluency with CVC words and sight words love to work on these fluency passages to practice reading complete stories. This sampler also includes fluency phrases to practice words and sentences in isolation and reading out of context.
Reading simple stories builds confidence in early readers and also helps them develop expression and phrasing in oral reading. Highlighting the word families builds awareness of like patterns and illustrating the story shows comprehension development. Plus, my students love to call themselves the illustrator!
Reading phrases in isolation gives early readers a chance to practice reading expression, one to one correspondence, decoding, and sight word recognition.
I like to put the fluency phrase sheets in a sheet protector. This allows them to be read over and over again in class and the students can use dry erase markers to find the “chunk” and identify the word families.
It is also important to spend time with books at an appropriate level! Emergent reader texts with illustrations can give comfort and a major confidence boost to early readers when they start to realize “Hey, I CAN read!” I absolutely love that face on a child – when you can tell they are seeing themselves as a reader and are so excited about it.
My favorite thing about these emergent readers is the larger font – I find it to be SO helpful for early readers as it is large and clear for their decoding.
These resources are perfect to use in my small groups – I find them so helpful, engaging, and FUN!
Create Fluency Binders
I like to keep things organized in binders, so I decided to do the same with all of these word family activities. I sorted them by vowel (fluency passages, phrases, and emergent readers).
Then I put the sets in sheet protectors (not each page, but the sets together) and put them in a 3 ring binder! Now, when I am working on building fluency and blending CVC words with a specific vowel or word family, it is right at my fingertips!
Grab Your Free Sampler Pack
Ready to start building fluency skills in an engaging and fun way? Grab your FREE Fluency Passages and Emergent Readers Sampler by clicking the large, yellow download button at the end of the post!
Then, save big and grab our Emergent Readers MEGA (Endless) Bundle and Fluency Passages Bundle for even more fun building fluency skills! The Fluency Passages bundle pack even includes “Digital Ease” versions for distance learning, where you can choose which word family to upload/assign directly in Seesaw™, Google Classroom™, etc!
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