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Read Naturally ME: Communicating with students and parents

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Communicating with students and parents will help you ensure that students are having a positive experience with Read Naturally and progressing at a good pace.

When a student begins working in Read Naturally, it is helpful to send home a letter to his/her parents that explains the strategy so that parents are involved from the beginning.

You can keep parents involved in the process by sending home a packet of several stories each time a student completes them. You can use a Super Reader award as a cover letter and include comments about the student's progress.

You can also send home the student's graphs to provide parents with a visual of the student's fluency gains.

If a student is making fluency gains, it is important to communicate this success with both the student and the student's parents. Sharing this success can be very motivating for the student.

If a student is not making the gains you expect while working in Read Naturally, try the following:

  • Call his/her home, and discuss the lack of progress with the student's parent(s)/guardian(s). They may have information to help you better understand the student. They may also be willing to work with the student at home.
  • Make suggestions to parents about how they can work on fluency with their child at home. The "fluency at home" letter listed below explains how to support teacher modeling, repeated reading, and progress monitoring at home. This letter also gives information about Read Naturally's home product, One Minute Reader, which interested parents may want to purchase.
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