Communicating With Parents About Storia
Introducing parents to Storia and how they can use it at home to help turn their children into strong readers
- Grades: PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5, 6–8
Your students’ reading lives at home grow as a natural extension of the reading work you do at school. Parents will want to know how Storia works in the classroom—and how they can use Storia at home to turn their children into strong, lifelong readers.
It’s easy to introduce Storia through your regular outreach to parents, including parent meetings (Back to School Night, Meet the Teacher, Curriculum Night), your class newsletter, and take-home letters or emails.
Consider modeling Storia’s use for parents at an evening class or school event. Project Storia onto a screen or interactive whiteboard or invite them to try it at a station you’ve set up beforehand. Demonstrate some of the features, including the Parent-Teacher Dashboard, how to assign books to their child’s bookshelves, and how to check on their child’s reading progress.
Be sure to let parents know that the Storia App is a totally free download and that they will receive five free e-books to start their child’s personal e-book library at home. Plus if your students’ families register their Scholastic accounts with your classroom, you will receive Book Club bonus points for their Storia purchases.
Don’t forget that you also can use the Storia Wish List feature to create a class list of Storia e-books you'd like parents to purchase for the class.
Most importantly of all, let parents know that Storia was designed just for children and has been shown to greatly increase children’s excitement about reading, even those who are reluctant readers.
Here are two resources to download. One is a sample letter to send home to parents. The other provides tips to parents on how to extend Storia at home.
Sample Parents Letter
As you know, your child’s progress as a reader is very important to me. I am excited to tell you about a new reading opportunity available for students in our class this year.
Your child will be using Storia, Scholastic’s e-reading program, in school this year. Storia introduces students to the benefits of e-reading in a child-centered, literature-rich environment. Storia enrichment features enable students to interact deeply with text.
The fun and learning can continue at home, because Storia is also available as a free download for PCs, iPads (iPad 2 or above), and Android tablets. When you download Storia at home, you will receive five free e-books to start your child’s personal e-book library. To download Storia, visit www.Scholastic.com/Storia.
Reading with Storia will absolutely count toward your child’s reading homework. You may find that your child will be motivated to read even more at home if Storia is available. As with any book your child reads, please remind your child to record finished e-books on a reading log and remind your child to look for “just right” book selections.
If you have any questions about using Storia with your child at home, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. For technical questions or problems, you can contact Storia customer service at 1-855-STORIA1.
Tips for Using Storia at Home
Suggestions for Extending Storia Reading at Home
- Encourage your child to read e-books that are appealing and at the right reading level.
- Browse for e-books with your child. Notice your child’s preferences, and involve your child in making decisions about which e-books to buy. (Note that though you can use the Storia App on various devices, you must purchase e-books through the Scholastic Web store, using a Scholastic account. Registration is free.)
- Ask your child to read an e-book to you. It is important for children—even the more advanced readers—to practice reading aloud from time to time. Praise his or her oral reading skills, such as particularly expressive reading or for paying attention to punctuation.
- Read Storia e-books aloud to your child. Modeling how you read is very important for beginning readers. For upper elementary students, reading aloud together helps to create positive associations about reading and to build strong reading behavior.
- If you have access to an iPad or Android tablet, bring it along with you when you travel with your child. Before you leave home, download several new Storia books that your child hasn’t seen yet. Share these new “surprise” books with your child during the trip.
- Try replacing some of your child's video game or TV time with Storia time. You child will still get “screen time,” but it will be time with a book!