My seven year old can read books for thirteen year olds and understand what she is reading. She has good fluency even while reading books for eleven year olds. Her vocabulary is that of a 16 or 17 year old according to testing we've just done. She is an incredible reader!
All of a sudden, she is shy about reading out loud during family reading time, because she is worried about not reading quickly and smoothly. We are re-reading The Hobbit at the moment and she reads it almost as well as her Dad.
We had a conversation about how fluency comes from practice and how even the best adult readers will have pauses occasionally when they weren't intendended when reading something out loud for the first time - especially when what they are reading has complex sentence structures and new vocabulary (and especially when the reader is trying to do voices and such - which she likes to do. She's got an awesome Standard British accent - according to a couple of Brits I know and her director).
This conversation helped her a lot and she is willing to read to me, but is still shy about reading with all of us or to others outside the family.
Admittedly, there are times, when her father gets a bit impatient - he has a hard time listening to others reading to begin with as he has adult ADD and looses focus easily. What can I do to help my daughter regain her confidence as well as help my husband understand why it is important to maintain his patience when she does run into a new word or trips up a little?
Just an update:
Between a combination of talking to Alice about her Dad's idosyncracies and speaking with her Dad about finding more patience for longer and why that was so important for his daughter, we have worked through matters on this front and she is back to herself again and reading like a fiend. Actually, now we have the new problem of helping her have more patience with her Dad's reading of Shakespeare. By continuing to practice and not worry about being "perfect" (and the fact that she can pick-apart her Dad's Elizabethan Accent and he is no longer seen as perfect either . . .). We've been able to move on - plus, the next book pick is his :-)