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With the addition of Word Warm-ups Live, we’ve expanded our phonics offerings to reach a greater number of students and to provide more flexibility. It is our hope that any student in need of phonics support can benefit from our programs. The first step, of course, is to determine who needs that support. We offer a general phonics assessment, Quick Phonics Screener, as well as an assessment specifically for Word Warm-ups Live. What’s the difference, and how will you use these assessments to understand your students’ phonics needs?

We recently expanded Read Live to include Word Warm-ups Live—an effective solution for students who need extra phonics support. Read Live now includes the Read Naturally Live Sequenced/Idioms Series, the Read Naturally Live Phonics Series, and Word Warm-ups Live. Which of these programs is the best fit for your students?

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.

Our research-based phonics intervention, Word Warm-ups Live, is now included with Read Live. Read Live users can now assign additional phonics instruction for students needing extra help with decoding and encoding common phonics patterns. The program is included at no additional cost with all Read Live licenses. Check out the release notes for information about this latest Read Live update.

​Choir singers sing up and down the scale before a concert. Basketball players shoot dozens of layups before a game. Actors rehearse their lines over and over before filming a scene. The purpose of these warm-up exercises is to ingrain processes into the brain until they become automatic. Then, when the big moment arrives—when it’s time to sing, make a shot, or film a scene—the warmed-up skill is more likely to deliver the desired result.

The latest Read Live update includes two new features specifically designed to support the use of Read Live in distance- or blended-learning models.

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.

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.

If your school uses Google (G Suite) for Education, teachers and students may now login to Read Live with their Google accounts. Securely accessing Read Live using the same account used for Gmail, Google Classroom, and other Google services streamlines the login process and reduces the burden of needing to keep track of multiple user IDs and passwords. This widely requested enhancement is featured in the latest update to Read Live, which went into effect over the weekend.

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