1.Forced reading. for older children, sometimes homework is in the form of assigned readings. Usually a report has to be handed in at the end.
2.Don’t turn it into a pressurized teaching session. Yes, you hope that they learn something from the reading but don’t make that your main objective.
3.Limiting what children read. Imagine if you loved sci-fi books but was told you could only read classics.
4.Reading books that are too difficult for their reading level. It is very discouraging for children to open a book and not know how to read many of the words.
5.The ultimate goal of fluency is better comprehension. Incorrect phrasing and a slow rate of speed can impede comprehension, especially as texts get longer.
6.Television, video and computer games takes center stage when it comes to relaxation and entertainment.
7.Peer pressure. This is another factor that affects older children. Kids can be cruel with their branding and teasing.
8.Reading books that are of no interest to them. How do children regard these books? BORING! To a young boy, reading a book on dinosaurs may be more captivating than reading a book about Dick and Jane.
9.Reading sessions are more like drilling sessions. Don’t quiz and test children when reading. It’s ok to point things out and ask questions to promote thinking but make sure it stays FUN.
10.Reading sessions turn into screaming and put down sessions. Parents need to hold realistic expectations of their children. Control frustrations when children don’t excel as fast as you wish they would.
11.Fluency will be a struggle if the text is too difficult. A huge part of fluency is being able to read the words automatically and accurately. If the words are too difficult, fluency will be compromised. If you want to really zero in on fluency, find a text that is almost too easy. This takes the brain off figuring out the words and on to fluency.