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If there is one upside to these strange times, it’s that our schedules all have a little more breathing room. We hope you’re enjoying a summer of fewer plans and more time to relax. We hate to fill up your delightfully empty calendar, but we do want to put a few important dates on your radar. We have three free public webinars scheduled in August that you won’t want to miss.

Read Naturally founder Candyce Ihnot continued her work with students in the Read Naturally reading lab at Faithful Shephard School this past school year. When schools moved to distance learning, Candyce met with Read Naturally Lead Teacher Sarah Voelbel to develop a plan. Their priority was to keep students engaged and to ensure the students could continue building their reading skills. Candyce and Sarah’s plan to combine Read Live and Zoom worked out better than expected. Below, Sarah shares her reflection on the experience.

An update to Read Naturally Live content was released this past weekend (June 20) affecting almost all of the stories in Read Naturally Live. We are committed to improving our program and are pleased to provide you with this refreshed content.

If you use Read Naturally Strategy programs with your students, you know the importance of proper placement. When students are placed in the correct Read Naturally level and working with an appropriate goal, they will make significantly greater progress. Over the years, we have consistently fine-tuned our placement process to make it more accurate and efficient. To reflect these enhancements, we are pleased to announce a new and improved Placement Packet to accompany our Encore II program.

Here we are at the end of the school year—a school year none of us will soon forget. As we all navigated uncertain territory, we took comfort in our steady communication with you. You took the time to send us suggestions and words of thanks. You helped us adapt our resources to better serve you. And, as always, you read and shared the posts on our blog, RN Bookmark.

Addie M. is our May Star of the Month. She is a sixth-grade student at Stanley Middle School in Lafayette, CA. Addie didn't let the start of distance learning prevent her from improving her reading skills.

Here’s some food for thought: When multilingual learners come across common English idioms in text, confusion can hit like a ton of bricks. Although these expressions are second nature for native speakers, they are clear as mud for learners of the English language. Especially when these learners are struggling to read, idioms can add insult to injury. Let’s throw them a bone, shall we?

Dear Read Naturally Supporters,
We had another blog post planned for today, but it feels more important to write directly to you and acknowledge the incredible sadness our communities are facing right now. Being based in the Twin Cities, we’ve witnessed the tragic events of the past week unfolding in our own neighborhoods, not far from where Read Naturally began. Like you, we are committed to showing up for all students and all communities in pursuit of a more just world. We believe that helping students of all backgrounds achieve literacy is one step toward that goal—but we know there is an incredible amount of work yet to be done.

Distance-learning fatigue has likely set in for everyone by now. As summer break draws closer, it can feel even harder for teachers and students to stay focused. But we owe it to our students—now more than ever—to make these last few weeks count. Allow the Read Naturally team help you out with a bunch of free resources. These resources can easily be sent to students to complete at home.

Every year around this time, we like to provide educators with resources to help their students combat the Summer Slide in reading. This year, students are also facing a potential “COVID Slide” due to the extended disruption of typical classroom learning. The collision of the COVID Slide into the Summer Slide might sound like, well… a bit of a disaster. Thankfully, it doesn’t have to be.

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