CyberSlate’s Reading Fluency program is designed to assist a student who is struggling to bring his/her reading up to grade level. It is ready for you to start immediately. Download the application, and register now!
We first determine an approximate reading level of your reader. This can either be completed by you using the San Diego Quick Test, or we can set up a diagnostic session within CyberSlate. Both activities take only a few minutes.
There are four “fluencies;” Decoding Words, Reading Passages, Hard Words and Transformers. Other exercises may be added once we see how your reader is responding to these indicators.
Decoding Words is a flash-card fluency in which the reader sees words placed in random order on a grid. These words have been selected from the accompanying passage and are within the reader’s ability range. The reader attempts to read as many words as he can in one minute. His Coach clicks a correct key or learning opportunity key after each attempt. If the word is not read correctly, an x appears in the grid the reader tries again. After the second attempt the word appears broken into syllables. If he still had difficulty, a help panel appears with the word spelled in phonemes. At the end of the minute, the reader sees his score, and can view his chart of progress.
This exercise is named “Decoding” because the reader must decode each word. When reading a passage, all readers guess many words by picking up context clues. Struggling readers begin to resort to this tactic rather than attempting to decode difficult words by breaking them into parts. The presentation of each word in isolation in this fluency forces the reader to use his decoding skills. For best results, always complete Decoding Words before completing the Reading Passages exercise.
Reading Passages is also a one-minute timing, but the student reads from a book rather than the screen. CyberSlate presents a one-minute timer. The reader has his Reading Fluency book open to the page with the present passage.