Practice every day!

The most effective remediation we have found for reading difficulties is daily practice. This effect shows up dramatically on the charts.

Here are two charts to compare:

Andrew completes his Reading Passages fluency several times daily, including weekends. This is indicated by the data in the bottom cycle of the chart.

Andrew completes his Reading Passages fluency several times daily, including weekends. This is indicated by the data in the bottom cycle of the chart.

Terrel is only completing the Reading Passage fluency twice per day on some school days, with frequent gaps, so he is making almost no progress in comparison.

Terrel is only completing the Reading Passage fluency twice per day on some school days, with frequent gaps, so he is making almost no progress in comparison.

The numbers of learning opportunities (errors, x‘s) on each chart indicate that the boys are at about the same level in their reading skills, so the one significant difference is the frequency in completing this task.

It is not easy to set up a daily Reading Fluency routine. School is in session 5 days per week, and Remedial classes are often interrupted by assemblies and other special events. Sometimes a school can arrange for a teaching assistant to complete the CyberSlate fluencies during morning assembly, or at the end of the school day. The best solution is for a parent or other person at home to complete the fluencies there twice per day, including Saturdays, Sundays, and vacation days. Our data shows that parent management is as consistent as when the fluencies are completed by school personnel. And it has the added advantage that a larger team is supporting the student!