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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!

This past year has been especially challenging for teachers, students, and parents. As 2020 winds down, we’d like to thank educators everywhere for their continued dedication to student success. Your work is incredibly important and greatly appreciated. Thank you for everything you do.

November's Star of the Month, Logan C. is in third grade at Buena Vista Elementary in Bakersfield, CA. He has taken a running start when it comes to Read Live. He increased his Word per minute score by more then 10 words in the first two weeks of using Read Live. Logan's teacher nominated him for his self motivation and positive attitude when working with Read Live remotely.

The past year has been extremely challenging. Educators everywhere are working extra hard to keep students learning under very difficult circumstances. Luckily, teachers are incredibly resourceful and creative. They have risen to the challenge by learning new skills and adding new tools to their repertoire.

The latest Read Live update released on November 19, 2020 provides even greater support to educators and students using the program in a distance learning model. Check out the full release notes for more detailed information.

A new online course is now available for Word Warm-ups Live, our research-based phonics intervention. Read Naturally Online Courses for Teachers provides free self-paced, on-demand training to help you thoroughly understand how to implement Read Live programs with your students. The Word Warm-ups Live course includes seven lessons covering everything you need to know to be successful.

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