Speed to Read

 

By Kong Yun Rui, Lecturer

 

One of the underlying skills for reading comprehension is sight recognition of familiar words. Being able to be increasingly automatic in recognition of words will help a child to become a skilled reader by reducing the effort needed to decode. Automaticity in word recognition has to do with speed and accuracy and is a key part of reading fluency, which is one of the five pillars of effective reading instruction.

 

If your child struggles with recognising sight words, you can start by teaching the sight words and carry out speed drills. In a speed drill, give your child one minute to see how many words in the list he/she can read accurately. Create the list with up to ten different words (you can refer to the Dolch Sight Word List or Fry Sight Word List) and repeat them at different intervals. Based on the ability of the child, you can have a list of fifty or a hundred words. Challenge your child to beat his/her own timing with each try. You can also pit yourself against your kids or siblings with one another for a fun challenge.

 

Sample Speed Drill List 

and

the

to

you

was

said

come

we

the

and

you

said

to

we

was

and

come

you

the

said

was

you

said

to

come

 

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