This parent-teacher conference season, we hope you have the pleasure of sharing great news about your students’ growth in reading. Many parents will wonder how they can help foster this growth at home. We have developed several handouts and programs specifically for this purpose, and spring conferences are a great time to offer these free resources to parents.

First, we encourage you to inform parents of Read Naturally Live students that the program is also accessible from home—for free. Please read this list of considerations to determine if this option is feasible for your students, their parents, and you. This blog post explains how to set up and facilitate the necessary training for parents. Starting this process now will ensure your students can continue using Read Naturally Live at home during the summer to avoid the infamous summer slide.

Speaking of the summer slide, this letter explains how students can combat it using our popular One Minute Reader program, which builds fluency and comprehension in a fun and engaging format. Additionally, this handout provides information about the iPad apps we designed to help students excel in reading and vocabulary.

You may also want to offer parents a copy of our “fluency at home” letter, which explains how parents can use the Read Naturally Strategy of teacher modeling, repeated reading, and progress monitoring with their children in any setting. The principles of the Read Naturally Strategy can be easily incorporated into bedtime stories, internet research, or any reading parents and children do together. Note that this letter was written for parents of students using Encore II, but you are free to modify it for any Read Naturally Strategy program.  

Finally, parents who are interested in more detailed descriptions of Read Naturally’s home programs will benefit from the information in the following links. Our at-home programs include:

  • One Minute Reader iPad App
    One Minute Reader utilizes the Read Naturally Strategy to improve fluency, comprehension, and vocabulary. This engaging iPad app allows students to work independently and remain motivated by exciting reading passages, instant feedback, cool progress graphs, and more. Parents can get started with the free version of the app and purchase additional content as needed.
  • One Minute Reader Books/CDs
    Each One Minute Reader book includes five high-interest stories that are the right length to encourage readers to practice without feeling overwhelmed. Each book also comes with an audio CD featuring recordings of each story at various speeds as well as all glossary words, graphs for progress monitoring, comprehension quizzes that students can correct themselves using a “joke jumble,” fun facts about the topics, and more. One Minute Reader books are written at different reading levels so readers can find the level that fits their ability. 
  • Splat-o-Nym Vocabulary iPad App
    Vocabulary acquisition is a key component to literacy, and it has never been more fun. Students play a vocabulary word game that includes over 7,000 synonym questions, 1,000 antonym questions, and 600 meaning-from-context questions. A Lightning Round provides an exciting review. Levels 1 through 4 are included in the free version of the app, and parents can purchase all 24 levels for just $4.99.
  • Word Nerd Card Games
    High-frequency words account for up to 75% of the words students read. Becoming automatic with these words is a critical component of attaining reading fluency. The Word Nerd games—inspired by old favorites like Crazy Eights and Go Fish—can be used anywhere to help students develop automaticity with high-frequency words. The words on the cards are printed in the OpenDyslexic font, a special font designed to increase readability and reduce letter confusion for readers with dyslexia. Parents can order the Word Nerd games here.

If you there are additional ways we can support you in your communication with parents, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We hope your spring parent-teacher conferences are as uplifting as the season itself!