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Did you know that chelonian is another word for turtle? Or that cordate means heart-shaped? Next time you leave a scrap of food on your plate, call it an ort and see who’s impressed.

If you’re a word nerd, you’re in good company here at Read Naturally. Even if you’re not, you can probably relate to the sense of accomplishment that comes from learning new words. The benefits of vocabulary development cannot be overestimated. It’s critical to the comprehension of text, it helps us communicate better, and it enables us to enjoy a broader range of material. That’s why, when we developed Read Naturally Live, we wanted to incorporate a fun and engaging way for students to learn useful new words. Enter: Wordtastic.

Over 20 years ago, when Candyce Ihnot was working toward her master’s degree in Special Education, she grappled with the question of how to keep her students motivated. She had read the research and asked the experts, but her most meaningful answer came from her daughter Claire, a competitive swimmer. “Claire, how do you stay motivated to swim all those laps?” Candyce asked one day after practice. Claire looked at her mother as though the answer was obvious. “My coach times me,” she said.

Congratulations to Star Student Konnor R. from Wasilla, AK! Konnor is a second-grade student at Larson Elementary School. Konnor’s reading teacher, Marilee Nufer, had this to say about him:

At this point in the school year, some of your students may be ready to exit their Read Naturally program. A student may be ready to exit Read Naturally if…

The student can read unpracticed, grade-level material accurately, expressively, and at a rate that is at least at the 50th percentile of national norms.

We always love hearing from Read Naturally customers, and we especially love hearing about your students’ successes! Sherrie G. from Houston, TX, recently shared how she successfully helped her granddaughter learn to read using Read Naturally Masters Edition and the video chat program Skype.

​Congratulations to Star Student Adam J. from Fair Play, MO! Adam is a fifth-grade student at Fair Play Elementary School. Adam’s teacher, Julie Rhea, had this to say about him:

Congratulations to Star Student Logan W. from Livonia, NY! Logan is a second-grade student at Livonia Elementary School. Logan’s teacher, Judi Cuffney, had this to say about him:

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.

Congratulations to Star Student Jordyn C. from San Marino, CA! Jordyn is a fourth-grade student at Carver Elementary School. Jordyn’s teacher, Ann Matthiessen, had this to say about her:

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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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