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Homeschool Reading Curriculum

Most Read Naturally programs were designed to be used in a traditional school setting, but you can use them in a homeschool reading curriculum.

  1. Are Read Naturally programs appropriate for homeschoolers?
  2. Which students are best served by Read Naturally programs?
  3. How can homeschool educators receive training on the Read Naturally Strategy?
  4. What type of content is used in Read Naturally programs?
  5. The price for one seat in Read Naturally Live is very expensive. Is there a price break for homeschool educators?

1. Are Read Naturally programs appropriate for homeschoolers?

Most Read Naturally materials were designed to serve groups of students in a traditional school setting. However, our programs are also appropriate for a homeschool setting.

  • The Read Naturally Strategy programs (Read Naturally Live or Read Naturally Encore) are appropriate for any situation: a tutor (or parent) with a single student; a single teacher with a few students; or a large district with dozens of schools, hundreds of teachers, and thousands of students. Read Naturally GATE is ideal for beginning readers who are not yet ready to work mostly independently.
  • The One Minute Reader program was designed specifically for home use. One Minute Reader applies the Read Naturally Strategy to a simplified format that is easy for parents to implement and manage. One Minute Reader offers all the advantages of the Read Naturally Strategy without the complexity and cost of Read Naturally Live. It is available as the One Minute Reader App for iPad or the One Minute Reader Books/audio CDs format.
  • Funēmics (phoneme awareness), Word Warm-ups (phonics), Signs for Sounds (phonics/spelling), Take Aim! at Vocabulary, and Splat-O-Nym (vocabulary) are also good options for homeschool educators. These affordable programs were designed for use in schools, but they are easily implemented in a homeschool setting.

2. Which students are best served by Read Naturally programs?

The Read Naturally Strategy is highly effective for struggling readers and students with learning disabilities who read within the range of grades 1-8.  Because the programs use high-interest, non-fiction stories, they are used successfully with dyslexic students, English language learners, high school students, adult GED students, etc.

3. How can homeschool educators receive training on the Read Naturally Strategy?

To understand the Read Naturally Strategy, you can view the webinar video:  Reading for Meaning—Fluently.  

To make it easy to implement the programs with fidelity, we have created Fidelity Checklists. Think of these checklists as the Cliffs Notes for each program. They highlight the most important information for you to consider as you check your implementation.

A variety of program-specific training and resource options are available on the Read Naturally website: 

Read Naturally Live 

Read Naturally Encore

Read Naturally GATE

One Minute Reader App for iPad

One Minute Reader Books/audio CDs

Word Warm-ups

Signs for Sounds

Funēmics

Take Aim! at Vocabulary

Splat-O-Nym

4. What type of content is used in Read Naturally programs?

All Read Naturally Strategy programs (Read Naturally Live, Read Naturally Encore, Read Naturally GATE, and One  Minute Reader: App or Books) use high-interest, nonfiction stories. The stories in each level represent a diverse range of topics that cover several content areas (e.g., history, science, and biography). Because age-specific imagery and topics are avoided, the content is engaging for older students who are reading at lower levels. (High-interest, nonfiction stories are also used in Word Warm-ups and Take Aim! at Vocabulary.)

Funēmics incorporates popular nursery rhymes into each of its lessons.  For this reason, we recommend Funēmics for students under the age of nine.

5. The price for one seat in Read Naturally Live is very expensive. Is there a price break for homeschool educators?

Read Naturally Live uses a tiered pricing system in which the cost per student decreases as the number of students enrolled in the program increases. Homeschool educators can take advantage of these volume discounts by teaming up with others in a homeschool community or network.

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