Good readers not only decode and understand words as they read, but are also able to focus on more important task in reading—interpretation and comprehension. However such purposeful reading is a complex process and it does not happen automatically; rather it is learned gradually.
To make kids good learners, it is important to develop their reading skills to a point from where they can make the shift from “learning to read” to “reading to learn.” Automaticity helps make that shift possible.
Automaticity is the ability to do something without conscious thought. When we do something automatically, the mind isn’t occupied with the small details of the task and hence we can use our brain power to do more. In reading, automaticity ensures that readers need less energy to decipher individual words in the text, so that more is available for comprehension. Read more