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Your struggling readers have likely asked themselves, or you, “Why is reading hard for me?” Sometimes, there is not a clear reason. With a little extra help, many struggling readers are simply able to crack the code and catch up. Other times, there is a clear reason: For millions of students, it’s dyslexia. Unfortunately, many individuals with dyslexia remain undiagnosed and have a more difficult time catching up to their peers.

Thanks to Luke M. for being Read Naturally's first Star of the Month winner this school year. Luke is a fifth grade student at Christ Presbyterian Academy in Nashville, TN.

A recent audio documentary and corresponding article from American Public Media highlight a serious problem in our country: According to the National Assessment of Educational Progress, more than 60 percent of American fourth-graders are not proficient readers, and that statistic has held since testing began in the 1990s. The documentary is called Hard Words: Why aren’t kids being taught to read?, and we encourage you to check it out.

With roughly a month of school under your belt, you’re likely aware now of which students qualify for a reading intervention. You may soon find yourself with a group of students who are brand new to Read Naturally. This is an important moment. Communicating your expectations clearly will set the stage for success.

Have you heard of the fourth-grade slump in reading? Research shows that many students experience a decline in their reading ability around grade four, and this decline is linked to the size of their vocabulary.

Investing the time to train your students well in the Read Naturally Live program will yield incredible benefits later. When the steps of the program are easy and automatic for students, they can devote all their mental energy to the important task of reading. That’s why we created A Student’s Guide to Read Naturally Live—a free training resource we hope all Read Naturally Live teachers and aides will take advantage of. This resource makes Read Naturally Live training easier, more efficient, and more enjoyable than ever before.

Back to School! That phrase seems to imply we’re all settling back into something, doesn’t it? But as all educators know, there’s nothing settled about this time of year. It’s a frenzied, fast-paced new start. We’re all ready to go and to grow—forward and onward, not backward.

Nathalia A. is our April Star of the Month winner. Nathalia is a sixth-grade student at Lutie Lewis Coates Elementary. She was nominated for the incredible progress she has made in Read Naturally Live and the increased confidence she now has. After two years Nathalia is now reading on grade level, which is an increase of three grade levels. Her teacher Jennette Leiva had shared the following with us about Nathalia's success.

We are very pleased to announce the winners of our first Read Live School of the Year Award! The award recognizes schools whose students have substantially improved their reading skills using the Read Live program during the 2017-2018 school year.

Congratulations to Hunter S. for being awarded the Read Naturally March Star of the Month Award. Hunter is a Sophomore student attending iForward, an online charter school with Grantsburg Wisconsin School District.

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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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