Reading with Fluency and a Bright Voice

Vivi had a hard time late this evening, getting frustrated with her attempt to line up dominoes for a chain-reaction knockdown and then stubbing her toe when she stomped off. After a few minutes of snuggling with her mom, she calmed down enough that I could take her to her bedroom for a story. But when I started to read the book she chose, she grabbed it out of my hand. “Never mind, Daddy!” she angrily. “I don’t want to listen to you read this book. You’re supposed to be reading with fluency! That means more slowly and with more animation! And this book is a happy book, so you need to read in a bright voice! You don’t have a bright voice, so never mind! I don’t need you to read me a story tonight!”

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