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Poetry for Reading Fluency Works


I have to share this experience. I saw a thread in another homeschool group I’m in about a strong disdain for poetry. I wondered, “Oh no, someone tortured them with some preconceived ideas about poetry!” 😩


Is this also your shared sentiment?


Did you know poetry is extremely useful for improving reading fluency?

I must say: poetry has greatly influenced my kids’ reading ability. Did you know poetry is extremely useful for improving reading fluency?




Here’s what I do:

1. I use poems as read-alouds.

2. Starting with simple poems (or songs) that are easy to read has worked best.

3. I always print the words and also project them on our TV.

4. First, I read the words to our kids as they listen and I track with a pointer.

5. Next, we read together as I set a steady pace for them.

6. I send them off to practice independently.

7. We come together and read aloud again.

8. I point out how to chunk the words, read with intonation and expression, and keep a comfortable pace.

9. Then, they read the poem aloud independently.

10. We rinse and repeat for at least three days. We revisit that poem after two weeks and I note the difference it’s made.


How do you and your kids feel about poetry? Let me know.

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