Phonics skills are foundational to reading fluently and with comprehension. At the beginning of any school year, it’s essential for reading teachers to determine which students need phonics support and what that support should look like. These tasks are more important than ever this year, as many students have suffered reading losses due to the pandemic. Read Naturally is here to support your students’ phonics needs every step of the way—from assessment, to intervention, to ongoing skill maintenance. 

The first step is to administer our Quick Phonics Screener (QPS) assessment. This tool allows you to screen individual students or an entire group of students at once. Results will help you determine which students need phonics support and which skills an intervention should target. 

After assessing your students’ phonics needs, you have several options for providing ongoing support:

  • Word Warm-Ups is an in-depth phonics program and covers all the skills tested in QPS. The lessons can be selected based on student need or done as a complete review of all phonics elements. For Read Live users, we recently launched Word Warm-Ups Live, the web-based version of this popular tool. Word Warm-Ups Live is included free with Read Live and is an ideal option for both in-person and distance learning, as students work independently on the computer.
     
  • If a student also has fluency needs, they may benefit from the Read Naturally Live Phonics series or the Read Naturally Encore II Phonics series. The updated version of our Placement Packet contains detailed information about placing students in the Phonics series of these popular programs.
     
  • Our spelling intervention, Signs for Sounds, reviews all the phonics skills typically taught in grades K–3. This is an effective program for students of any age who need to develop phonics skills to become become better spellers. 
     
  • Read Naturally GATE is a small-group program that targets both phonics and fluency. In GATE, a small group of students works on the same story to develop fluency, and the teacher follows scripted lessons to add instruction on phonemic awareness, letter naming, letter sounds, high-frequency words, and deeper phonics instruction. This program is typically used with younger students or beginning readers. Lessons are scripted and easy to follow.

Helping students build phonics skills in order to become fluent readers is a passion for us here at Read Naturally, and we would love to work with you to find the best solutions for your students. This school year will provide unique challenges, and we’re here to help you make appropriate decisions and adaptations to accommodate your circumstances. Get in touch anytime to discuss your students’ phonics needs—or any other reading concerns. We look forward to working with you.