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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 lowercase letters like b, d, p, and q. 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.

Congratulations Sudeys H. from St. Louis Park, MN, on being selected as the August Read Naturally Star Student! Sudeys made great strides in his reading as a second grader at Banaadir Academy. His teacher, Ms. Kolbo, had the following to say about her work with Sudeys.

A good educator finds strategies and programs that work and implements them in the classroom. A great educator begins with an effective strategy or program and then develops ways to extend the learning even further. Kristin McDaniel, a first-grade teacher in San Juan Capistrano, CA, is one of the great ones. Pleased with the results she was seeing from Read Naturally’s spelling program, Signs for Sounds, Kristin asked herself how she could capitalize on her students’ momentum. Was there a way to reinforce and solidify their understanding of the word patterns and high-frequency words featured in the program?

It's time to head back to the classroom with Read Naturally's Read Live program. Learn more about our online reading assessment and intervention tools during this limited availability public webinar offered exclusively to you and your staff.

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