Accelerated Reading

This year your child is participating in a school-wide computerized reading management program called

Accelerated Reader (A.R.). A.R. is an individualized program that allows each student to move at his or her own pace and level of ability.

The goal of the program is to have students read more and longer chapter books. Your child will be given the opportunity to practice and perfect their reading skills with this program. Also, I hope that they will become life-long readers who know the joy and fun of reading.

This is how the program works: First, your child chooses a book from a list of carefully selected books. Currently, there are over 10,000 titles from which to choose. Most of the books are available in the classroom, and in the school and public libraries. Each book has been evaluated for reading level and length. Next after reading the book, your child goes to a computer here in the classroom and takes a comprehension test on the book. Depending on how well they do on the test, and the reading level of the book, your child will receive points. The Accelerated Reader program keeps track of your child’s performance and generates a reading practice report.

There are special recognitions to motivate your child to read. However, parents are essential for the success of this special reading program. Please encourage your child to read daily and watch for their reading progress reports at the end of each trimester. I have used this program for many years and I am very impressed with how enthusiastic the students become about reading and how it helps to improve their reading skills. This program has been tested extensively throughout the United States with students of all ability levels and has proven to increase students’ reading abilities and higher order thinking skills.

I will be requiring that students have a minimum amount of AR points a week. Time is given daily during class for Accelerated Reading and AR should be done at home for at least 30 minutes nightly as part of their homework. If you would like to know more about the program, or if you have any questions about your child’s reading progress, I would be happy to provide you with additional information.

Sincerely,
Ms. Storms