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Read Naturally SE: Setting up the program


To set up a Read Naturally SE program, you need to plan a schedule, choose a setting, and gather the necessary materials.


It is best to set up sessions at least three times per week in blocks of 30 minutes or more; five days per week is best. One direct way to increase the amount of time students spend reading is to schedule more sessions. The more practice your students get, the more quickly they will improve.

As you prepare your schedule, keep in mind that Read Naturally SE is best implemented with a student-to-teacher ratio of no more than eight students per adult. Not all of the adults need to be teachers. Teacher-trained educational assistants, parents, or other adult volunteers can help run a Read Naturally Live program.


You can use Read Naturally SE in a variety of settings, depending upon where computers are available, such as a classroom, media center, or computer lab.


Since Read Naturally SE is a computer program, it eliminates the need for many of the accessories that are required for Read Naturally ME and Encore, such as cassette or audio CD players, timers, reading guides, pencils, graphs, and paper copies of the stories. For Read Naturally SE programs, the following materials are required or recommended:

Computers Computers
Since students read the stories at computer workstations, you need a workstation with sound capability for each student. For detailed requirements for the computers, see the Read Naturally SE v2 system requirements.
Headphones Headphones
Headphones are very important for ensuring that students hear the audio of the story clearly. Headphones can also be used to reduce the sounds of the other students reading along. (Computers with sound capability have headphone jacks.)

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Level CDs Level CDs (stand-alone installations only)
For each SE level, there is one CD that contains all of the stories for that level. For stand-alone installations, the appropriate CD must be in the computer's CD drive while the student is working in that level, so you need to make the appropriate level CD available to each student. We recommend labeling the spine of the CD albums to indicate which levels are included.

For network installations, the stories and student results are stored on the computer that hosts the SE server software. As a result, students do not need the level CDs. Students can use Student Stories from any computer that is connected to the network and set up with the SE client software. If you have a school license, multiple students can work in the same level at the same time.
SE Answer Guide Read Naturally SE Answer Guides
The Read Naturally SE Answer Guide includes the answers to the open-ended questions for all of the SE levels. The computer automatically corrects the multiple-choice questions, but you need to correct the open-ended questions during the Pass step.

If multiple people will be checking the students' answers, you can either make the Answer Guide available in a central location or order additional copies for each teacher and assistant.
SE Steps Poster Read Naturally SE Posters
You can hang a poster that lists the Read Naturally SE steps near the computers where students will work. The poster helps students understand the process and includes helpful tips for using the Read Naturally SE Student Stories application.

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Student Folder Student Folders
Folders are optional for students using SE, but students can use them to hold copies of the stories, awards, results, and other paperwork.

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Please let us know what questions you have so we can assist. For Technical Support, please call us or submit a software support request.

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