Fluency and Reading

Fluency is the ability to read a text accurately, at a good pace, and with good expression. Fluency is tied to comprehension. If a student is reading at a slow pace, and having to sound out many words, the main focus is on decoding, and as a result, comprehension goes...

High Frequency Sight Words

Knowing high frequency sight words can greatly improve reading fluency. High frequency sight words are the words that are most commonly used in English. It is not surprising that words like: a, an, the, of, said, etc. would be at the top of the list of high frequency...

Sight Words

What are sight words? There is some confusion regarding “sight words,” as this term can generally mean two different things. A sight word can be any word that is read by “sight”–that is, it is not sounded out but recognized and read as a...

Consonant-Vowel-Consonant (CVC) Words and Reading

There is something satisfying when your child or students begin to read CVC words; they feel good about reading! CVC words are words that have a consonant-vowel-consonant sound pattern. Some examples of CVC words are: cat, jet, hit, pot, but. These words can be...

Have you Discovered Starfall?

My students have loved Starfall! Starfall is a FREE website for pre-k to first grade and you don’t need to sign up. It focuses on letter sounds, beginning reading, math, and has fun educational games too. I really like this website; check it out at:...