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Fluency – Faster Reading – What Builds Reading Fluency?

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What is Reading Fluency?   Many parents have been told that their child needs to read with more fluency.  However, most parents aren’t quite sure what fluency is. 

FLUENCY is the ability to read words quickly and accurately.  Fluency builds a bridge between reading the words on the page and understanding the meaning of the words on the page. When a child has learned to read fluently, he has learned to read quickly, accurately, and with expression.   

There are essentially five fluency obstacles.  At Candy 4WAY Phonics, we’ve built solid roads right through those obstacles by building reading fluency directly into the program.  

The first fluency obstacle children need to overcome is their fear of sounding out an unknown word they do not know, the whole word, all the way from the left of the word through to the end of the word.  Children often grab the beginning of a word and then “guess” at the rest of the word.  At Candy 4WAY Phonics, we soooooo discourage the “guessing” of words.  The Candy 4WAY Phonics Program builds children into words, step-by-step, from a single letter, into blends, and on into multisyllable words.

The second fluency obstacle is the fear children have when approaching unknown words in sentences that contain unfamiliar information.  The Candy 4WAY Phonics Program gives children one phonogram per lesson with plenty of practice blending that phonogram into words.  This is because you want your children to be able to sound out all the words they encounter, even when those words are found in sentences where your child does not understand the sentence context. Children read stand-alone words throughout our phonics lessons in lists that can be read from left to right, top to bottom, or bottom to top.  

The third fluency obstacle children need to overcome is learning to read words fluently within various types of sentences.  The Candy 4WAY Phonics Program gives sentences as early as possible within its daily lessons.  Those sentences contain only words made up of parts that the child has either already mastered in previous lessons or practiced in the present lesson.  Just as important, the sentences that children will encounter in their Candy 4WAY Phonics Daily Lessons include both simple and complex sentences, sentences containing connective and complex connective words, as well as dialogue and normal poetic selections so that children learn to build reading fluency while reading all forms of written expression. 

The fourth fluency obstacle children have, especially children who have struggled in reading before, is their dread of reading.  This is why the Candy 4WAY Phonics includes R’sA Phonics (Rhyme, Rhythm, and Alliteration).  R’sA Phonics gives children a reading atmosphere that is fun.  Just as a “spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down,” children also learn best when they are offered fun words and phrases.  Words and phrases become fun when they are placed inside sentences with Rhyme, Rhythm, and Alliteration.   

But wait!  There’s one more way the Candy 4WAY Phonics Program enables children to build reading fluency. The fifth fluency obstacle children need to overcome is taking words they can read in isolation and in sentences and reading them in actual storiesThe Candy 4WAY Phonics Program gives children (starting with the second level of the program) a Story Reader following after every five lessons. This is because we have heard again and again how much of a difference it makes to place sentences into stories within the timeframe of daily lessons. This is crucial because children need to know that the effort they have put forth in their daily phonics lessons is enabling them to read. 

With the Candy 4WAY Phonics sequenced, leveled Story Readers, children are regularly rewarded after every five lessons with a Candy Story Reader containing real story content — a reader in which children will never have to guess at words because each reader contains only letters and blends they have already mastered. So each reader “proves” to a child that they are learning to read, that they are gaining meaningful daily skills, that they are smart!

Parents, we can assure you that when children learn phonics the correct way, reading fluency is a necessary skill built right alongside the ability to sound out every word on every page. At Candy 4WAY Phonics we believe that’s important enough to offer parents everything they need in a phonics program at an affordable price 

Check it out.  For just $9.97  you can purchase an INSTANT DOWNLOAD of the following Candy 4WAY Phonics items:

1)   An 82-page eBook entitled: How to Teach Candy’s Systematic 4WAY Phonics

2)  100 Daily 4WAY Phonics Lessons loaded with rhyme, rhythm, and alliteration for fun learning

3)  Candy Story Readers sequenced into the program (after every 5 Daily Phonics Lessons, your child can read a Candy Reader)

4)  Colored Alphabet Rhyming Phonics Charts with Multisensory Vowel Helps

5)  Colored Rhyming Alphabet Flashcards

6)  Colored Lifetime Rhyming Phonics Charts to give your child a lifetime of phonogram retention.

7)  Interwoven, daily Phonics Drill

8)  FREE e-mail coaching 

It’s simple!           It’s affordable!            It works! 


Carol Kay, President