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Customer Reviews: 4.8 of 5 (137 reviews | add review)

Focus:
  • Fluency
  • Phonics

Additional Support:
  • Vocabulary
  • Comprehension

Skill Level: Grades 1‒8
Intervention Range: Beginning Reader to Adult

This cloud-based intervention efficiently applies the research-based Read Naturally Strategy to accelerate reading achievement. Visual and auditory prompts guide students through the motivating steps to develop fluency and phonics skills, support comprehension, and improve vocabulary. Track student progress easily and use the data to differentiate instruction with Read Naturally Live. Because the software and data are "in the cloud," there's no server to set up or maintain. Students can access the program from desktop computers, laptops, Chromebooks, or iPads.

Read Naturally Live provides...

  • An interactive, online reading program, often used for RTI implementation.
  • Options to easily differentiate the program to meet individual needs.
  • Motivating informational text for reluctant readers, from first grade to adult.
  • Extensive, computer-generated reports on student progress.
  • Nonfiction reading opportunities as required by Common Core State Standards.
  • Spanish translations for stories in early Sequenced levels.

Students...

  • Build fluency and motivation by reading short, nonfiction passages.
  • Increase reading accuracy and expression with audio support.
  • Strengthen comprehension and vocabulary.
  • Develop automaticity in decoding (Phonics levels).
  • Work independently most of the time.
  • Experience success and an improved attitude toward reading.

​Read Naturally Live is an online reading program that accelerates reading achievement by combining the research-proven strategies of teacher modeling, repeated reading, and progress monitoring. A student works at his or her own pace in an appropriate level of material. Text and audio guide the student through the steps. The student masters a story by reading along with audio and then practicing the story until he or she can read it fluently and with comprehension. The program automatically tracks student progress.

pointer Research basis for the Read Naturally Strategy

Read Naturally Live is a research-based, online reading program

Read Naturally Live Steps
  1. Select a Story
    The student clicks on the story he or she wants to read. Choosing the story deepens the student’s investment in the material.
  2. Key Words
    In the Sequenced and Idioms series, the student reads the key words and their definitions while listening to an audio recording. The key words provide definitions that are important to understanding the story. In the Phonics series, the student listens to a phonics lesson and reads words that have the featured phonics patterns.
  3. Prediction
    The student uses the title, picture, and key words to write a prediction of what he or she thinks the story is about. The prediction prepares the student’s mind for reading the story.
  4. Cold Timing
    The teacher may time the student for one minute as he or she reads the story, or the student may complete this step independently. The student clicks unknown words while reading, and then clicks the last word read during the timing. Read Naturally Live subtracts the unknown words from the total number of words attempted to obtain a cold-timing score and displays it on a graph. This step establishes a baseline for progress monitoring, the component of the Read Naturally Strategy that motivates the student to improve.
  5. Read Along
    The student reads along quietly with a recording of the story, typically three times. This step is the teacher-modeling component of the Read Naturally Strategy, which helps the student learn new words and master others as well as learn proper pronunciation, expression, and phrasing.
  6. Practice
    The student practices reading the story without audio support three to ten times until able to read it accurately, with expression, and at the goal rate. This step is the repeated-reading component of the Read Naturally Strategy, which helps the student improve fluency, master difficult words, and understand the story.
  7. Quiz
    The student answers questions about the story. Responding to the text holds the student accountable for meaning, develops the ability to answer many types of questions, and provides teachers with information about how well the student comprehends the story.
  8. Retell/Word List
    In the Sequenced and Idioms series, the student retells or summarizes the story to improve comprehension. 
    In the Phonics series, the student works on decoding skills by practicing the word list until able to read it accurately at a predetermined rate.
  9. Pass
    The student reads the story for the teacher to show that he or she can read it at the goal rate, with appropriate expression, and with three or fewer errors. The teacher corrects the comprehension questions and the retelling of the story (if applicable) and reviews the results with the student. 

    In the Phonics series, the student also reads the word list to show that he or she can read it with three or fewer errors at the goal rate. ​A graph shows how much the student’s fluency has improved since the cold timing.

    ​ Additional graphs show results for the comprehension questions, the retelling, and the word lists (if applicable).

Read Naturally Live subscriptions include access to all 23 levels of  three series. All series have the same basic design with strategic differences.

  • Sequenced series is the basic series and has 13 levels (1.0 – 8.0) with 24 stories per level.
  • Phonics series adds phonics lessons and activities to the basic design and has 6 levels (0.8 – 2.7) with 24 stories per level.
  • Idioms series teaches common American idioms as students work on reading skills.  Idioms has 4 levels (3.0 – 4.5) with 12 stories per level.

Read Naturally Live is a subscription program, licensed per student. Teachers can reassign licenses if students leave the program. 

The teacher assigns the appropriate series and level for each student. The student works through the level in the student program, and the teacher manages the student's progress in the teacher program.

STUDENT PROGRAM

Read Naturally Live Story

High-interest, leveled, nonfiction stories include:
  • Key words, clickable vocabulary words, and comprehension activities.
  • Spanish translation of each story in Sequenced levels 1.0 – 4.5.
Extensive audio support includes:
  • Audio directions for each step of the process.
  • Three appropriately paced recordings that model correct pronunciation and expression.
  • Pronunciation of words in stories when clicked.
  • Audio definitions of key words, or, in the Phonics series, an audio phonics lesson.
  • Clickable vocabulary words with audio-supported, student-friendly definitions.
  • Spanish translation of each story in Sequenced levels 1.0 – 4.5.
  • Auditory signals that indicate if a student's responses to multiple choice items are correct or incorrect.
Structured instructional process includes:
  • Automated steps built around teacher modeling, repeated reading, and progress monitoring.
  • A wait-time vocabulary-building activity.
Computerized scoring and extensive reports include:
  • Automated correction of multiple-choice questions.
  • Calculation of fluency, phonics, and comprehension scores.
  • Graphs and reports showing student performance.

TEACHER PROGRAM

Read Live Graph

Set up of account for district, building, classroom, staff, and/or students include:
  • Enrolling staff and students.
  • Licensing staff and students.
Management of student programs includes:
  • Placement of each student in a level and series with an appropriate reading-rate goal.
  • Easily customized options for individual students and extensive student reports.
  • Printable stories, reports, parent letters, awards, and completion certificates.
Online Documentation includes:
  • Step-by-step instructions for working in the software and "how to" section on setting up Read Naturally Live.
  • A lesson plan for introducing the program to students.
  • Training videos that explain how to set up the software and work with students in the program.

ONLINE RESOURCES AND TECH SUPPORT

Free web resources include:
  • Read Live Smart Start Guide, Read Live User Guide, and Read Live Online Help.
  • Crossword puzzle for each story.
  • Comparison questions in Sequenced levels 5.0 and above.
  • Fidelity checklist, full-color steps poster, phonics elements list, English and Spanish parent letters, and story title labels.
  • Worksheets for transitioning from Read Naturally SE or ME to Read Naturally Live.
Tech Support includes free:
  • E-mail support and updates.
  • Web support including a knowledgebase.
  • Phone support.

To use Read Live software, your computer must meet the following minimum system requirements:

Operating System Support

  • Windows 7 and higher
  • Mac OS X 10.9 and higher
  • Chrome OS
  • iOS 9.3.5 or later

Browser Support

  • Google Chrome versions 49 and higher (recommended)
  • Mozilla Firefox versions 45 and higher
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer versions 11 and higher
  • Apple Safari versions 7 and higher

Browser
Plug-ins

Internet Connection

  • 512 Kbps and faster (Dial-up connection is not supported.)

Screen Resolution

  • 1024 by 768 and higher

Audio

  • Ability to play audio (headphones preferred)

iPad Support

  • Read Naturally Live iPad app
    pointer Download from the  iTunes App Store
  • Read Naturally Live subscription
  • iOS 9.3.5 or later (supported on iPad 2 and higher)
  • Internet connection, 512 Kbps or faster
  • Headphones recommended for audio support
  • Students At-a-Glance Report
    This report includes a student-by-student summary of results for Read Naturally Live stories passed. This report is used to quickly identify students who may not be making adequate progress in fluency and comprehension and therefore may require adjustments in their programs or additional instruction.
  • Student Level Summary Report
    This is a table summarizing results for each story a student has passed at a given Read Naturally Live level, including cold- and hot-timing results, number of practices, quiz results, and more.
  • Student Fluency Graph
    This bar chart displays a student's cold- and hot-timing scores for all stories passed in a specified series and level.
  • Student Comprehension Graph
    This graph shows the quiz questions a student answered correctly on the first try for each story in a specified level. Quiz results are reported by question type and story.
  • Student Retell Graph
    This graph shows the number of words a student used to retell each completed story on the first try and whether or not the student met the teacher's expectations on the first try.
  • Word List Graph
    This graph shows how long it took a student to read the word list on the most recent attempt for each story the student completed in a specified level.
  • Story Details Report
    This report provides a student's detailed results for a specific Read Naturally Live story.​

Read Naturally Live Annual Subscriptions

The more Read Naturally Live seats you purchase, the less you pay per seat.

Examples:
2 seats x $159.00 per seat = $318.00
10 seats x $55.00 per seat = $550.00
50 seats x $23.00 per seat = $1150.00
200 seats x $19.00 per seat = $3800.00

The pricing below reflects the price per seat. When you enter a quantity, you will be given an option to change your quantity to get the best deal (the most seats for a given dollar amount). Contact us for custom pricing.

Description Item Number Item Price, $
1-5 seats RL01A $159.00 per seat
6-29 seats RL01B $55.00 per seat
30-129 seats RL01C $23.00 per seat
130+ seats RL01D $19.00 per seat
Quantity
 

Read Naturally Live iPad App

Download on the App StoreTeachers set up and manage Read Live using a web browser (see supported web browsers). Students can access the Read Naturally Live curriculum either by using a web browser or by using the free Read Naturally Live app for Apple iPads.

What Customers Say About Read Naturally Live

"We are successfully integrating the Read Live components with our literacy program. Students are highly motivated to apply taught strategies and are truly interested in the range of topics offered. The ability to customize this program allows us to meet the needs of each student."
— Nancy, Classroom Teacher, Exeter, NH

"We serve a large population of second language learners at our school. Because they are all at different fluency levels, it was hard to give them the instruction and attention that they needed. Read Live is the perfect solution. It reaches all learners at their fluency level and allows them to work at their own pace. It truly is a fabulous program."
— Esther, ELL Administrator, Ojai, CA

"I have found Read Naturally to be an excellent intervention for building reading fluency. The levels are well sequenced, interesting, and the non-fiction stories build the students' vocabulary and knowledge. My students are motivated to use it, and they can work for the most part independently, allowing me to work with more students at a time and still be effective. The Read Live version is the best!"
— Barbara H., Special Education Teacher, Missoula, MT

Customer Reviews

Feb 9, 2015

5

It is always refreshing to deal with a company that not only provides a stellar product for teachers and students, but who also provides excellent customer service. We have been using the self-study, hands-on training workbooks for Read Live since January, and find them extremely well-done and easy to follow. We needed to order quite a few more as more of our teachers begin to use Read Live, and after a phone call to Christy Baldinger, I had a quote within minutes at a savings of $300 to my district. Can you say "Made My Day!"? Thank you for making your customers feel valued while providing support for our students. We appreciate it!


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Feb 4, 2015

5

I have been using Read Naturally for over ten years. My special needs students at both the upper elementary and high school level have all benefited from it. Reading fluency has improved for most students in just a short time. Students like the stories that they have to choose from. RN makes it possible to work with several students at the same time, who are reading at different levels and have different reading needs. Read Live is a nice improvement to the program as well as the ipad app.


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Jan 26, 2015

5

Read Live has not only helped build the fluency of my students but it has increased their overall confidence in all areas of study. I have seen student faces light up when the meet their reading goals. I hear them reading with more pride and confidence.


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Jan 23, 2015

5

Love this program! My LAP Reading students are so motivated and we are already seeing positive results after 2 months!


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Jan 22, 2015

5

Read Naturally Live was recommended to us by a dear friend to help our son with his reading fluency.
I highly recommend it!! Our son went from struggling reader last year, to the top of his reading group this year.
He actually enjoyed the passages. Unfortunately, or fortunately, he finished all of the levels available.
I wish they would use this program at school. I truly believe that it could help many students.
I am grateful that this program was available to us, and to our dear friend who recommended it.


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Jan 21, 2015

5

I love this program and so do my students. I love how it builds their confidence. I am a special education teacher who teaches 4th and 5th graders who struggle with reading. I was very surprised that their retell comprehension scores for DIBELS went up dramatically after using this program for 3 months. When they come to the retell section I have them tell me three things about the story. They have learned to pay more attention to what is going on in the story. They have also learned about self-correcting and their errors have decreased dramatically. I am so glad we have iPads. It does make a difference using iPads verses the paper version. Last year I had 5th graders on a different reading fluency program. I would have them read a passage for 1 minutes, three times. They complained about reading it 3 times. Now they are doing about 8 rereads and no complaining and I think it is because of the iPads. The only thing I wish that they would have is an option to slow down the read along. For some of my students it is too fast or it confuses them. The first read along I have them listen, the second read along they take the headphones off and read out loud and the third read along I have them read with the reader. Hope this helps give an idea about the benefits of this program. Love it!!


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Jan 13, 2015

5

Read Naturally LIve is a fantastic program. The stories are very engaging for my 4th graders. I am using the program with my low readers and they LOVE it.


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Dec 27, 2014

5

READ LIVE is the best tool I have for my struggling readers. The process used in each story is highly effective for students with learning and language deficits. It allows me to address reading and speaking goals at the same time. Students find the texts interesting and are empowered as they monitor their own growth. I love READ LIVE and don't believe I could do my job without it.


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Dec 23, 2014

5

Ben and Barb were very helpful with the process of purchasing our licenses and merging all our trial licenses into the master account. Ben did an excellent job conducting the webinar with our district principals and some gen ed teachers who have not used Read Naturally in the past. We appreciated all their patience and support throughout the process!!!

Read Naturally is a great product and the company provides excellent technical and educational support for its users. The students love reading the stories and have improved their reading scores tremendously. I would highly recommend it.


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Dec 15, 2014

4

The teachers are still figuring out how to manage the program. There are two teachers, one full time and one half time. I come two mornings a week as the RST Since one teacher has 5-8 in the mornings and 1-8 in the afternoon, he's the most challenged. But we are working on it. Unfortunately he's only just now actually started exploring it. )-: The part time primary teacher has had her students working on it and loves it. So, it's a 4 until we are all on board.


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Dec 12, 2014

5

We have used Read Naturally as an intervention for approximately five years & we are now in the process of moving to the LIVE version. Features that we appreciate are: passages of high student interest, vocabulary development by way of key words & a blend of comprehension questions that provide students the important opportunity to transfer thoughts to writing~ reflecting best practices in reading comprehension. Both the paper/pencil and LIVE version also include another best practice: student goal setting and tracking of progress. We thank you for a thoughtful product!
-Jennifer H, Principal, Rochester, NH


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Dec 10, 2014

5

We use Read Live in before/after school tutoring as well during the day in a section of reading interventions. As a school we believe any student who is having difficulty with the oral reading fluency gets the Read Live instruction during their day at school. We have been seeing students oral reading fluency continue to grow as they read and answer all of the variety of questions and complete the activities in the Read Live computer program. - Jill Darland, Resource Teacher , Durango, Colorado


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Dec 10, 2014

5

At the beginning of November, we began a 60-day trial using ReadLive with small groups of students in Grades 6, 7, and 8 whom we identified to be reading two or more grades below their current grade level. We are so thrilled with the progress demonstrated by these students and their increased confidence and engagement with reading that we are now subscribers to the program. We appreciate the individualized nature of the program because it allows each student to work at his/her own reading level. The focus on non-fiction selections provides a wealth of fascinating topics that engage students with a variety of interests. We also find that our middle years students don't question the maturity level of the selections they are reading because they are non-fiction. We have readers at very early stages of their reading development, and it is essential for their engagement that they don't see themselves as reading "baby" books. The required practices that students must do to pass a selection are so important for them to build fluency and confidence. When they meet their reading goals (words correct per minute), they are thrilled. These are students who have not experienced a lot of success in the regular classroom, and they are blossoming as they get to taste success. The program focuses on accuracy, fluency, the development of vocabulary, and comprehension skills... everything that these students need. We are currently looking at ways that we can incorporate ReadLive with more of our middle years students because we can see the potential in this program and the benefit it can have for a much wider range of students.


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Dec 3, 2014

5

As a teacher I have seen amazing progress in my classroom with my below grade level readers. The stories are appropriate and inviting and encourages the reading of Non-Fiction.

As a parent I have implemented the free trial with my eighth grader who is not motivated to "read for information" as our standardize tests require. I have seen tremendous improvement on her concentration and her ability to recall the story.

Overall an exciting program that kids seem to love.

Christine Thornton, ESE teacher, Tallahassee, Florida


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Nov 19, 2014

5

Read Naturally has been an amazing life changing program. When my son was finishing second grade he was still a struggling reader despite our work with him at home and excellent teachers at school. He was a choppy reader that took a long time to finish a book. He could comprehend books read to him at a high level, we know the potential was there. My brother who taught in Minneapolis shared the Read Naturally program with me and I used it with Kevin for about 3-4 months over that summer and into third grade. He got over the hump and became a reader! He turned into a kid that walked around on the playground and read the Magic Tree House books during third grade! Our son was diagnosed with dyslexia around this same time, but the Read Naturally program helped him become a reader. He is now a successful college student!

Currently the school I teach at is adopting Read Live as an intervention for struggling readers in middle and high school. We're on our third week of using the program and many of the students are starting to show improvements already! The stories are engaging; students have an opportunity to build vocabulary and comprehension while becoming fluent readers.


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Nov 4, 2014

5

I was first introduced to Read Naturally via the CDs when I ran a free community-wide after school homework program over 10 years ago. I found it worked well. Later when I began homeschooling my 11 year old niece I used Read Naturally as her reading program. She had great fluency but absolutely no comprehension. I was able to get her to grade level in about 1.5 years (she did one story a day five days a week and all 24 stories in a level). She started at Level 3.5 and was at grade level when she completed Level 5.6.

I am now working as basically the Resource Teacher in a small private school and switched from the CDs to Read Live two years ago. I have students with little to no fluency and/or comprehension. By using Read Live these students have progressed from 1.5 to 3 grade levels in a single school year. I prefer that they do a story at least three times a week and I have students who request more opportunities to read. With the increased ability to read, some of the students with behavioral issues have had a significant reduction in incidents. Most of the students are able to progress to the next level after only 12 stories. I have a small form that the students take back to class (with a second copy to go home) so the classroom teacher can see the title of the story and the cold/practice/hot read timings. The students particularly enjoy this aspect and are very proud of their daily work.

In working with the students, I have found it very useful that I am able to move students between the Phonics and Sequenced formats and to select stories based on the phonemic components. One student did very well in the sequenced series initially but once she started seeing words with long vowels and vowel digraphs she needed to move to the phonics series.

Although the program is geared to school age students, the stories are also very appropriate to adult learners.


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Oct 29, 2014

5

Our school district recently moved from the CD version of Read Naturally to Read Naturally Live. We instantly noticed an increase in student engagement, accountability, and productivity. The students are asking their teachers when they get to leave the class to work on Read Naturally Live, they love it and so do we!


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Oct 9, 2014

4
I homeschool and my advisor recommended this program. I gave it a trial for the free 2 month subscription time. I was initially skeptical of the program as it involved a lot of repetition and timing on a computer and I was unsure about the long term benefits . . . plus I knew it was going to be a significant amount of money from my allotment.

PROS: I love the reading practice, the ability to adjust the levels for my son so he feel challenged but not stressed, the comprehension questions after reading a passage, and the drill questions while he is waiting for the teacher. Last year, he pretty much shut down when reading happened and was very resistant to learning how to read. It was always a battle. This program encouraged him so much that he now chooses it first out of all his homework. He started out reading an average of 5 words per minute in his cold reading of a paragraph (a 1 minute timed reading of a paragraph he had never seen before) and he now is reading an average of 15 to 20 words per minute in the cold timing. This is after two months using this program about 30 minutes 4 days a week. The reading does carry over to his other work, and his confidence is much higher, which helps so much as well. Words such as "some" that he reads repetitively in several of these paragraphs he is able to recognize in his other books and homework as well. He has also learned some nonfiction facts from reading the passages.

CONS: These are small in comparison to how helpful the program is. Several sections in each reading require a timed response using the keyboard. If the child is not used to typing, and most younger children are not, they spend all of their time hunting for letters instead of learning. While this does help them learn the keyboard, it stresses them out to not be able to finish their answer before the time goes off. I cannot adjust the time for this section either. However, I will ask him to orally tell me his response and I can type it for him. Or we just don't worry about that part as much. Knowing that there is a time limit does also help him to finish more quickly at times. Once the phonics .8 section required him to read/practice the work "heck" which I found unpleasant and unnecessary. This was only in one story and has not been repeated again, so it may not be an issue in the future.
BOTTOM LINE: He improved so much and he loves the program! There's a lot of levels and material that will last for many years. He feels more confident reading. It is easy to track his progress and report what he is doing to our advisor. It does require a computer or IPad, and at least for the younger grades it isn't completely stand alone - I usually need to be near him while he is doing it (but that helps as well). I'd try the free 2 month subscription and see how it works for your child. It can't hurt!

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TJ Ihnot, Marketing at Read Naturally Oct 10, 2014

Thanks for the review, Rachel.  We are so glad your son is having success with the program. The steps of Read Naturally Live can be adjusted to better suit your situation.  You may want to turn off the prediction and retell steps to limit the amount of keyboarding required.  Please see the Setting Story Options Video to learn how to can turn off steps, allow independent cold readings, adjust the number of read alongs, and change the duration of practices and hot timings.  Hopefully this help your son get even more out of the program.

Oct 1, 2014

5
I am a school psychologist and college professor. I am also the mother of a struggling reader. Because I am not new to this, as soon as I saw my daughter having difficulties, I got to work. She has been provided with a great deal of supplementary phonics instruction through her school's pre-referral intervention team, a private tutor and an expensive summer program. While phonics instruction has been an essential component to her reading development, her ability to sound out words has not translated into fluency. She continues to struggle with text and started second grade this year with very little confidence in her skills. I decided that I was done paying tutors to come in once or twice a week and provide fragmented supports. I was going to implement an intervention on my own. I looked at the research and narrowed down my options to Read Naturally and Rave-O. Because Rave-O is more of a curriculum than an intervention, I decided it was too complicated to administer at home. I also worried that it would interfere with the instruction my daughter was receiving in school. Within a few days of starting Read Naturally, my daughter improved enough that I moved her goals up- from instructional on first grade passages, to fluent on first grade passages. Within ten days, her teacher (who had no knowledge of the intervention) emailed me to report that she had seen improvement in my daughter's skills. Not all reading difficulties are alike and my experience is not proof of a program's universal effectiveness. That said, I have been pretty impressed with the simplicity of the design, the ease of administration and the results.
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May 27, 2014

5
We started the Read Naturally Live program at the first of the year and what a great product. The students have responded well and are progressing. This program demands input from a teacher which is great. We have really seen an improvement from a stand alone program we had before. Thank you so much for all that is provided. Many of our students have reading problems because of language fluency difficulties but have been able to apply themselves and are getting better. Good job to all of you!!
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