This week we have introduced Accelerated Reader to your child.
Accelerated reader is simple. A child reads a book, takes an online quiz, and gets immediate feedback. Children respond to regular feedback and are motivated to make progress with their reading skills.
When a child finishes a book and completes a quiz in school, the teacher gets really useful information about the child’s reading level and what would be best for them to read next. One of the great things about AR is that children are given a range of appropriately challenging real books to choose from; challenging enough to keep them engaged but not so tricky children give up.
It’s so important that children read a suitably challenging book every day. Recent studies indicate that, when students spend 25 minutes a day reading, they make excellent progress in their reading skills.
Reading is also part of our homework in every year group. It’s so important that you make the time and encourage good reading habits from a very young age.
You can find out more about AR by visiting http://www.renlearn.co.uk/accelerated-reader/ where you will find videos, resources and lots more information. You can also access a list of books closely matched to your child’s ability level via the ARbookfinder website, which has a link to the parents’ guidance on its home page. This is a great resource for borrowing or purchasing books based on your child’s interests and ability level.
At Cass, we’ve purchased a number of iPods for each class in Key Stage 2 and children will be using these to complete their quizzes in school.
We’re going to be holding an information session about Accelerated Reader on Thursday 26th of January after school and we’d love you to come along. We’ll start at around 3-30 pm in Class 5.