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Read Naturally is proud to announce that we've given Read Naturally Masters Edition a makeover! Masters Edition has a new look, a number of new features and upgrades, and a new name for the Sequenced series and the Phonics series: Read Naturally Encore!

Encore offers the same research-based curriculum as the Masters Edition, but with upgraded and expanded features, including the following:

In order to know whether a student has made enough progress to exit a Read Naturally program, you need to assess the student with grade-level material. It is important to celebrate your student’s daily growth from cold to hot timings in a story, the student’s goal being increased and the student moving up a level. It is also exciting to see a student’s cold-timing scores increase from story to story. These are all indications that the student’s reading skills are improving and that he or she is making progress in the program. But it is essential to keep the long-term goal in mind.

If your students have been using Read Naturally since the beginning of the year, they should now have a pretty good handle on using the program. You should be able to spend your time monitoring their progress and differentiating instruction instead of reminding them what they need to be doing. In addition to checking their hot and cold timings to look at their progress (and making any necessary adjustments), you should be checking how each student is doing on the comprehension questions. Is the student getting at least 80% of the questions correct? Do you have some students who are consistently getting certain questions wrong?

Are you familiar with the Frank Sinatra song “My Way”? If you are anything like me (and Mr. Sinatra), you really like the idea of doing things your way! It may even be one of the reasons you decided to teach. We, as educators, like having our own rooms where we make all the decisions. Ok, I’ll admit it: I am a bit of a control freak! Although I am a big believer in personal choice for most things, when it comes to Read Naturally, using the program as it’s intended is imperative for success.

​We always welcome questions about best practices with your Read Naturally program and how to make sure you are implementing your school’s program correctly. Many of the questions we get are about the passing step. Here is a quick roundup of some of the most frequently asked questions.

If Read Naturally is your chosen intervention then the first thing you will need to do is to place each of your students into the program. You cannot use assessment scores to place the students. Depending on the Read Naturally format you use, you may place students on the computer or on paper. Regardless, you need to use the Read Naturally placement procedure.

Run screaming from the building…just kidding…you should help them! If Read Naturally is your chosen intervention then the first thing you will need to do is to set-up your environment. I've seen Read Naturally used in resource rooms, classrooms, computer labs, rolling carts, before school, and after school. I’m happy to talk to you about specifics of your situation so feel free to call.

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