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Read Naturally Live

Mindprint Rating

Tags

ELA: Reading All Ages iOS App

Skills

Auditory Processing Verbal Reasoning Verbal Memory

Mindprint Expert Review

Pros

  • An initial assessment places each student at the appropriate level to begin the program.
  • Teachers have flexibility in enabling and disabling specific pieces of the sequence if they wish their students to focus on fluency over comprehension, for example.
  • Students can complete much of the process independently and are provided with vocabulary activities while they wait for a teacher to complete a cold or hot read.

Considerations

  • The program tracks speed, accuracy and expression, but depends on the teacher to correctly assess accuracy and expression.
  • The program will be beneficial for homeschool students, but the cost for an individual subscription is relatively high.
  • Students can get overly focused on trying to increase their speed by sacrificing accuracy and expression, so teachers will need to provide supportive feedback on how to balance these factors.

Mindprint Expert Review

Read Naturally Live is a fantastic leveled reading program that develops reading fluency and comprehension in a 1-to-1 or classroom setting. While components of this program can be completed at home, Read Naturally is designed to be implemented by a teacher and requires a teacher to work with the student to assess accuracy, expression and comprehension. Students do an initial diagnostic that places them at the appropriate reading level. Each level consists of 12 non-fiction passages that the student can complete in any order he chooses. The student goes through the same multi-step process for each story, including a timed "cold" read with the teacher, moving to independent work that includes key vocabulary, out loud read-alongs, timed practices, comprehension questions, and finally the student gets to do the "pass" exercise where she reads the passage to the teacher. A graph shows progress in speed and accuracy compared to the initial cold reading. The non-fiction passages are a nice combination of history, science, and arts, offering interesting content for a variety of learners. The layout of the program is motivating for students because they can easily view the sequence and their progress. There is also a phonics series consisting of six levels in which the stories focus on common phonics patterns and sounding out words.

Academic Benefits

Improves academic skills

  • Provides sufficient and varied types of practice problems to maximize understanding and generalization of the targeted skill/concept
  • Manufacturer claims alignment with Common Core/Known Standards
  • Presents educational concepts accurately
  • Explains answers so students can learn from mistakes
  • Better for teaching the skill to new or struggling learners
  • Better for practicing or refreshing the skill
  • Skills are practiced through authentic, meaningful problems (not just rote practice)

Fun

Engaging for the Mindprint recommended age range

  • Appropriate for a broad age range to use and enjoy
  • Subject matter and problems are relevant, interesting and authentic to students
  • Visually appealing to children in the target age range
  • Provides virtual rewards or incentives after meeting specified goals or objectives
  • Provides a "break activity" between academic problem sets
  • Offers ongoing, progressive challenge
  • Overall - Enjoyable. Given the option, students would choose this option

Easy to Use

Understandable for children in the Mindprint recommended age range

  • Has a free or trial version
  • Provides teaching guidance for adults to support the child and set appropriate goals
  • Provides an age-appropriate tutorial/first time users can work independently
  • Student should be able to use independently after first use
  • Has a multi-player option to foster in-person collaboration or cooperation
  • Multiple users can save a profile
  • Student graduates to the next level or topic only after meeting a benchmark
  • Can play without sound and not distract others
  • Students can save work between sessions
  • Can effectively understand and monitor student's progress (email report or in product)
  • Provides options to play in languages other than English/Good for ELL
  • Presents information in multiple formats (voice over, pictures and text, etc.)
  • Overall - Easy to use

Manufacturer Description

Read Naturally Live brings the research-proven Read Naturally intervention for 1st-12th grade to Apple iPads, helping your students develop reading fluency and comprehension—and motivating them to become better readers, faster! With this app, your students can access their Read Naturally Live student stories in an experience designed to take advantage of the iPad’s capabilities.

*** A Read Naturally Live account and internet connection are required to use this app. Don’t have an account yet? Don't worry: you can create a free account and start using the program within 1 business day!

Read Naturally Live was designed by teachers for use by schools. Here's what some teachers are saying:

"The best program for teaching fluency and comprehension!
My students love it!" — Special Education Teacher, WA

"I have found Read Naturally to be an excellent intervention for building reading fluency. … 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!" — Special Education Teacher, MT

KEY FEATURES
• Full access to 504 highly engaging non-fiction stories across 19 reading levels, for struggling and developing readers in 1st-12th grade
• Develops reading fluency, comprehension, vocabulary and phonics
• Supports Common Core State Standards (CCSS)
• Supports Response to Intervention (RTI)
• Student progress syncs across computer and iPad
• Free iPad app for Read Naturally Live account holders
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Need support? We’re here to help. Email us at support@readnaturally.com

*** IMPORTANT!!
You must have a Read Naturally Live account to use this app.

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