Using Accelerated Reader at Home
A message from Mrs Warrington:
During these unprecedented times we at Eastlands are going to do our very best to ensure our children keep on learning until the time we all return to the classroom.
One important feature at Eastlands is the Accelerated Reader programme. Most classes have children coming home with reading books during the school closure period. By visiting the AR website children can continue to quiz after they have finished reading each book. We encourage you to keep to this reading-quizzing routine.
After their books are finished and quizzed on, if possible, could you help your child to pick a book (from home, if local libraries are shut) that best matches their ZPD range eg: 3.2 or 1.8. You can use AR Bookfinder UK: this site will search whether books you have at home are on the AR system (there are over 200,000) and then find its AR level.
I would suggest to go no more than 0.5 either side of their current level.
If your child is 3.8 then they can read between 3.3 and 4.3. I would prefer children not to read too many below their level as this does not help them to make progress but I understand you may have a limited supply of books at your disposal in some cases. They can record their scores in the Home School Communication Books if they want to. I am available via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) for any queries regarding AR and I will be checking on all classes over the course of the closure.
Accelerated Reader (AR) produces an average of two years’ reading age growth in just one academic year while promoting reading for pleasure.
AR is a powerful tool for monitoring and managing independent reading practice. With AR, teachers can create a reading programme to meet the needs of every child.
Using information generated by the software, teachers can help children select books that are difficult enough to keep them challenged, but not too difficult to cause frustration. In addition, it helps teachers to monitor children's vocabulary growth, literacy skills development and reading skills taught through other reading schemes.
Accelerated Reader (AR) is the practice component of a comprehensive reading programme. It allows personalised practice and provides the data needed to manage that practice.
With over 25,000 books available for AR, every child can select books of an appropriate difficulty that also interest them. Children take fun motivational quizzes to test their comprehension of the books they have read, aiming for benchmarks and targets set by their teachers through AR’s extensive reporting capabilities.
Motivate students for learning. Self-selected reading at the optimal level results in success, which spurs enthusiasm. Children are motivated to read constantly – in class, at break times and at home.
Receive reliable, objective information. The data generated by AR covers reading comprehension, vocabulary development, literacy skills development, and more. AR provides teachers with immediate information, helping them monitor the reading level and comprehension skills of each child and inform further instruction or intervention.
Involve parents with reading. Children and parents get instant feedback to help motivate success with the use of TOPS reports and Renaissance Home Connect™, which allows parents to view their children’s progress from home.
Keep all students challenged. Children are guided to books where the difficulty is neither too hard nor too easy – the level at which optimal learning takes place.