The Read Naturally Strategy
A Proven Approach to Building Reading Proficiency
Since 1991, Read Naturally has helped thousands of students become better readers. Our industry-leading programs develop and support the five essential components of reading, identified by the National Reading Panel: phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension. Read Naturally's selection of reading-intervention programs can help you address the needs of a broad range of at-risk readers.
Read Naturally's structured intervention programs combine teacher modeling, repeated reading, and progress monitoring — three strategies that research has shown are effective in improving students' reading proficiency. Using audio support and graphs of their progress, students work with high-interest material at their skill level.
With teacher modeling, a proficient reader models good, correct reading for a less able reader. In Read Naturally, students read along while listening to a recording of a fluent reader. This helps students learn new words and encourages proper pronunciation, expression, and phrasing.
Repeated reading is another strategy that research has shown improves fluency. In Read Naturally, students practice reading a story until they can read it at a pre-determined goal rate. Mastering a story helps students build fluency and confidence.
Daily monitoring of student progress has also been shown to improve student achievement. Students become more involved in the learning process, and teachers remain aware of each student's progress. In Read Naturally, students monitor their progress by graphing the number of words read correctly before practicing and then again after practicing. The graph shows the students' progress, motivating them to continue to read and improve.