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Congratulations Angel! Your hard work is paying off and you have earned our Star of the Month award. Angel is a 10th-grade student at iForward virtual school in WI. Angel is from Green Bay, WI. She has already increased her reading ability by a full grade level in just a few months.

Managing students' needs is always a work in progress. My latest challenge in my classroom has been to figure out the best Read Naturally Live level for my younger readers. In the past, most (if not all) of my second-grade students have seamlessly fit into the Phonics levels of stories. As they progressed, I would move them into Sequenced stories. Usually, their phonics needs would be well matched to their fluency needs in the Phonics series. These levels provided the right amount of challenge and comfort for their reading.

Student training is an important part of any curriculum implementation. Investing the time to teach students how to properly use a program will lead to much better results in the long-term. That’s why we’ve created A Student’s Guide to Word Warm-ups Live. This free resource makes student training easy, efficient, and enjoyable.

How has your school overcome the challenges for the 2020-21 school year? Did you develop an effective strategy for distance learning with Read Live? We want to hear your stories!

Read Naturally Live–Español is now available to all Read Live users! Here are some resources to help you get the most from the new program.

Ariana M. is setting her goals high and tearing them down. Ariana is an eighth-grader at Lincoln School in Brookline, MA and, Read Naturally's January Star of the Month. Ariana was selected for her daily efforts in Read Naturally and substantial gains. Ariana is highly motivated, constantly asking to move up levels.

The Spanish version of Read Naturally Live was released this past weekend, and is now available to all Read Live users at no additional cost. The initial release will include four levels of the Sequenced series (1.0–2.5) with 24 stories per level. Levels 3.0–4.5 will be added in Spring 2021.

When I first started teaching, I knew that independent reading was important. I knew I wanted to give my students the opportunity to read something on their own that they loved, but I didn’t realize the need to be specific and intentional in this practice. Because of this, I would provide time for “free reading” or “DEAR (Drop Everything and Read) Time” on a regular basis. However, it didn’t always go as planned. From time to time, I would have students flipping through pages of the book (not reading). Some students played in their desks during this time. I even had a student or two fall asleep. As a new teacher, I knew I needed to provide opportunity for more focused reading, but I didn’t know how to make that happen. I was frustrated with myself and my students.

Congratulations Jayden H. on being named Read Naturally's Star of the Month! Jayden is a fifth grade student at Clear Lake City Elementary in Houston, TX. Jayden had a tough time adjusting to distance learning due to COVID 19 but has recently gotten the hang of things and taken off.

The word “troubleshooting” is the theme of this year’s Read Naturally lab! We’ve experienced a whole new way of teaching and making the best out of distance learning. At the beginning of the year, our school was lucky enough to be in session full-time, every day. This allowed for a somewhat normal Read Naturally schedule. However, due to the Covid19 situation, the school no longer allowed volunteers in the building. With 3 classes of 8-10 students, we were still in need of extra teachers. Zoom to the rescue!

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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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