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The Institute of Education Sciences (IES) has made five recommendations for improving adolescent literacy, and Take Aim! at Vocabulary aligns with each of those recommendations. The five recommendations include:

Engaging content and a research-proven strategy to help struggling readers, all in one easy-to-use app… for FREE?

It's true! We’re so excited to introduce the all-new One Minute Reader iPad app, available now in the iTunes store.

You've probably heard the words “Common Core State Standards” hundreds of times already this school year—and it’s only October! Are you exhausted trying to ensure your curricula align with these standards? When it comes to Read Naturally products, you can relax—we've done the work for you.

Read Naturally has another solution for enhancing students’ vocabulary in the critical middle grades. Take Aim at Vocabulary – Group Format is a new instructional model for our original Take Aim program. This product is an ideal solution for small groups of students whose assessment scores indicate a weakness in vocabulary or who need support in learning the meanings of unknown words in text.

Common Core State Standards tell us that students need to be given challenging text. I wasn't always sure this was the case for struggling readers; however, I have found it to be very true with my students. In fact, early in the year last year, one of our fourth grade students, Nick, finished all the stories in level 5.0. He wasn’t ready to exit the program since his fluency and comprehension scores were not where we needed them to be, but we were concerned that the stories in level 5.6 would be too challenging.

Imagine purchasing a fancy new camera. Its state-of-the art features promise to deliver remarkable results. So you bring the camera home, skim through the manual, and start snapping photos. The photos are great—but you know they could be better. Wouldn't it be great if a professional photographer could give you personalized instruction on all of the camera’s features? Instruction that would specifically address your questions, needs, and goals?

Not long ago, Read Naturally writers could be found crafting new stories about everything from the first cellphone to a harrowing shipwreck survival. Meanwhile, they were updating previously published Read Naturally stories to reflect the most current research. But why stop there?

A cascade of content enhancements followed. Hundreds of new vocabulary terms were defined, and comprehension questions were added to be more consistent with standardized tests. New illustrations, improved audio, Spanish translations, updated manuals, and a fresh design made the content come to life. Teachers were deeply involved every step of the way, ensuring that all content was appropriate for struggling readers and compliant with Common Core State Standards. Finally, in early 2012, Read Naturally released the best version of its flagship product to date—Read Naturally Encore.

Did you know that chelonian is another word for turtle? Or that cordate means heart-shaped? Next time you leave a scrap of food on your plate, call it an ort and see who’s impressed.

If you’re a word nerd, you’re in good company here at Read Naturally. Even if you’re not, you can probably relate to the sense of accomplishment that comes from learning new words. The benefits of vocabulary development cannot be overestimated. It’s critical to the comprehension of text, it helps us communicate better, and it enables us to enjoy a broader range of material. That’s why, when we developed Read Naturally Live, we wanted to incorporate a fun and engaging way for students to learn useful new words. Enter: Wordtastic.

Read Naturally is proud to announce that we've given Read Naturally Masters Edition a makeover! Masters Edition has a new look, a number of new features and upgrades, and a new name for the Sequenced series and the Phonics series: Read Naturally Encore!

Encore offers the same research-based curriculum as the Masters Edition, but with upgraded and expanded features, including the following:

Read Naturally is proud to announce its newest assessment and intervention program, Read Live, was named a finalist for the 2011 EdTech Digest Cool Tool Awards. The products, services and people that made the list of finalists are innovative, respected and outstanding cool tools, leaders and trendsetters moving education forward into the 21st century. We are thrilled that Read Live made the list!

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