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As a mother of three young children who are drawn to the iPad like moths to a flame, it’s a little hard for me to write a blog post about the upside of screen time. Mostly I see the iPad as a frequent source of conflict in my house. And yet, I’m well aware that there is an upside to this technology.

You've worked hard all year to accelerate your students’ progress. Thanks to your dedication, many of your students are now reading better than ever. How can you ensure this crucial progress is not lost over the summer? While you can’t personally be there to ensure your students don’t experience the “summer slide,” you can help them avoid it. It’s as simple as sending home a flyer.

The inclusion of our Idioms series in the latest Read Live release is a significant upgrade to the program. Are you wondering why and how to take advantage of this new content? Here’s what you need to know:

We’re pleased to announce that our latest Read Live update, version 1.9, has gone live. This update is free for all Read Live clients and offers new content and a number of enhancements. If your students use the Read Naturally iPad app, you’ll need to download the latest version of the app from the iTunes App Store. Here are the main features of this update.

April's free webinar is Reading FAST or Reading WELL?—How Read Naturally Helps Develop True Reading Fluency. Literacy expert Jan Hasbrouck, Ph.D., will discuss the important difference between reading fluency and reading rate. This webinar defines each of the key components in reading fluency and provides an overview of how the Read Naturally strategy effectively teaches each of the components of fluency.

Some ELL students learning to read in English may need additional support in the Read Along step of Read Naturally Strategy programs. We've built this extra support into many of our levels for Spanish-speaking ELL students.

Have you changed your instructional materials recently? Most educators have, thanks in large part to the Common Core. Studies show that 82% of math teachers and 72% of English/Language Arts teachers have changed at least half their materials since the Common Core went into effect just three years ago. Finding Common Core-aligned materials isn't always easy.

You’ve made the investment in Read Naturally Live; now you want the best possible results for your struggling readers. To achieve this, proper training in the program is essential. We offer excellent full-day seminars and individual coaching services, but we also recognize that many teachers have limited funds and full schedules. If this is you, we have an easy solution for you.

A new study published in the Journal of Pediatrics shows that students with dyslexia are underperforming their peers at an earlier age than previously thought. The study asserts that the achievement gap between typical readers and students with dyslexia is evident as early as first grade.

This month's free 60-minute webinar is Funemics: Phonemic Awareness in 3D. Learn how Dance, Dickory Docks & a few Do-Re-Mis can teach phonemic awareness, a skill that eludes almost 25% of pre-readers. Get a deeper understanding of the research behind why and how we teach phonemic awareness, as well as a toolbox of concrete strategies to get started with Read Naturally’s Funēmics program. This webinar is presented by Funēmics author Andrea Peterson. Register here!

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