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If you peruse Apple’s App Store, you’ll find thousands of apps that claim to be educational. But do these apps really promote learning? Or is the word “educational” just thrown in to make them more appealing to teachers and parents?

Do you have students who confuse one letter with another letter? For example, a student might incorrectly read big for the word pig or dig. A student can easily confuse the lowercase letters b, d, p, and q, to name a few. This is because each of these letters has an overall form that is identical or very similar to another letter’s form when rotated, flipped, or reversed.

“What’s Read Naturally?” Have you ever asked this question? Has anyone ever asked you? We’ve spent 24 years answering it—and we’ve gotten pretty good at it. So what’s our best Read Naturally spiel? We turned it into three quick, informative YouTube videos.

William E. from Whitesville, KY is Read Naturally's September Star Student winner! William is an eighth-grade student at St. Mary's of the Woods Catholic school.

What kinds of texts do you give your students to help them build fluency? Do you offer texts that are easy for them to read and comprehend independently? Or do you push them to work at a more challenging level? Literacy expert Tim Shanahan addresses this important question in his article What Texts to Use to Teach Fluency? We’ve summarized his research-based findings here, some of which may surprise you.

Checking initial placement will help ensure optimal success. After a student completes between three and six stories, you need to check to make sure the student’s level and goal are appropriate. To make this task as straightforward as possible, our curriculum experts worked hard to put together detailed guidelines, available for free on our website.

Read Naturally isn’t a huge company, but that doesn’t stop us from winning huge awards. Hundreds of education professionals voted for the technology tools they find most essential in education via THE Journal’s first-ever Readers’ Choice Awards. We’re proud to announce that Read Naturally won a silver medal in the category of Interventions & Remediation.

Make Your Student a STAR!

Read Naturally Star of the Month​Share your student’s success story—nominate him or her for our Star of the Month award. Win a Barnes & Noble gift card for the student and a Read Naturally gift certificate for your class!

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