Read Naturally

Read Naturally was founded in 1991 by Candyce Ihnot. The program is meant to help students become better readers by building their proficiency through five essential components of reading, Phenomic Awareness, Phonics, Fluency, Vocabulary and Comprehension. It uses three main strategies to achieve this, Teacher Modelling, Repeated Reading and Progress Monitoring.

There is a large selection of different programs that can be purchased depending on the student needs. They follow similar steps. The student selects a story, and read the key words. Afterwards they write a prediction and practice reading the story while listing to it. This can be repeated several times. There are charts and graphs to show the student’s progress as they proceed. Afterwards there are timed readings and tests to complete the programs.

Candyce Ihnot developed Read Naturally during her Master’s degree in Special Education. It was launched in 1991 and has received mostly positive reviews and a variety of distinctions from various publications. Her husband Tom Ihnot has helped with the developing of materials. The program was initially used in the classroom before expanding to the WWW where it has become a success.

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