The ability to read well is arguably the most complex and essential skill a young child will acquire. Future learning is highly dependent upon a child’s ability to read competently and for content. Elements of reading fluency include strong decoding skills, recognition of sight words and the ability to derive meaning from context. A fluent reader will read aloud with appropriate inflection and timing. They will also retain and understand what they have read. Essential Skills provides some of the best reading programs for elementary schools to help early readers build fluency and strengthen reading skills.
Since the use of sight words is essential for fluency in both written and spoken language, all teachers should have a good grasp on what “sight words” are, and why they are so important.
All educators know the importance of teaching children to read. It is a complicated task consisting of several different abilities. Much of a child’s future learning will depend upon achieving basic linguistic skills in the proper order, and with the necessary support when needed. For struggling readers, acquiring these skills, and receiving sensitive, well-informed scaffolding is even more important.