Automaticity is defined as fast, accurate and effortless word identification at the single word level. The speed and accuracy at which single words are identified is the best predictor of comprehension.
S.P.I.R.E. Speed Drills
Students practice reading words of similar phonetic patterns. We look for improvement in amount of words read until a new vowel is introduced. At that time, there is often a natural decrease until the student is automatic with that vowel.
Students keep a graph of their progress giving visual feedback of how many words they read per minute. This lets them see if they are improving or if they need more work on a particular area.