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Phonics skills are foundational to reading and spelling and necessary for fluency and comprehension. All first- and second-grade students benefit from developing these skills, no matter where they are on their reading journey. However, they need a program that can be tailored to meet their individual needs. Word Warm-ups Live is the perfect solution.

​If the answer is yes, then it’s time to check their initial placement! It might be tempting, especially during these unusual circumstances, to leave your students in their current Read Naturally groove and let them continue zipping through stories. But pausing now to check their initial placement is a key step to making sure they’re working in the correct level with an optimal goal.

We’re so excited to be partnering with ClassLink, Clever and Google Classroom to provide Read Live students with a single sign-on option. A single sign-on via ClassLink, Clever or Google Classroom saves time and eliminates the need to enter and store multiple passwords. The latest Read Live updates add integrations for ClassLink and Clever to our already established Google Classroom option.

Word Warm-ups Live develops accuracy and automaticity in decoding using a modified version of the Read Naturally Strategy. Students work on short audio-supported phonics exercises for as little as 10 minutes a day as reading warm-ups, or up to 30 minutes a day as an intervention.

We recently added a second level of content to Word Warm-ups Live, making the program even better as a phonics intervention. This new content also makes Word Warm-ups Live an excellent tool to support classroom phonics instruction for students up to third grade. Check out the Word Warm-ups Live Basics webinar to learn more about this powerful phonics program.

The 2021-22 school year is fast approaching, and our curriculum and development teams are hard at work making important improvements to Read Live. We’ve added several features and enhancements in the past few weeks. Here are some of the most important updates in the most recent Read Live releases:

How can we make a difference for our students in the area of reading? What programs do we choose? How do we know these approaches will reach each student where they are? How can I help my students’ parents understand what they are supposed to do to support their child in the area of reading? These are all questions that educators reflect on regularly.

This past week, we released the latest version of our award-winning One Minute Reader program. Designed specifically for parents to use at home, One Minute Reader is a fun and effective way to develop critical reading skills.

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We are pleased to announce the winners of the fourth annual Read Live School of the Year Award. Students in the winning schools made great gains and substantially improved their reading skills despite the many challenges of the past school year.

Nathaly G. rounds out the year as our May Star of the Month. She is a third-grader at Hilltop Elementary in Mendham, NJ. Nathaly exceeded all her beginning of the year reading goals. She checked the box in fluency, comprehension, and stamina. Nathaly's teacher, Mrs. Kagan, is very proud of all the progress Nathly made this past year and shared the following with us.

Make Your Student a STAR!

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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