Reading and AR reading...
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|Mon, 03-12-2012 - 2:29pm|
I think most schools in the country do the AR reading in their elementary schools. I really have a hate/hate relationship with this program. Someone on Facebook mentioned that their school uses it as an extra rewards program-not necessary, but kids get little rewards for doing it and reaching their goals.
For those who don't know what AR is (stands for Accelerated Reader I believe) it seems to be a mandated program to test children on their comprehension. The child is to read at school and home, books that are on the AR program. Most books are, and they can read other books that aren't, but they only get credit for books that are on the program. Then after they finish a book they take a test on it (on a computer) and if they pass the test they get points for that book. Easier books are worth less points, and harder books are more (like Harry Potter book one is worth 12 points but most of the Magic Treehouse books are worth around 1 point). The child is given a goal of points to reach (each semester I think?) based on his/her reading ability.
For children who LOVE to read, its probably an awesome program for them. My oldest son loved to read. I never even paid attention to his AR points because he was reading constantly. In fact in 5th grade he wasn't taking the AR tests even though he was reading a ton so he had low points. His teacher told me about this, but then said that she really didn't even worry or care about the points for him because she knew he was reading tons and was above his grade level in reading.
But then there are children who struggle...Brayden does not like to read. Mostly though, he hates reading when he feels like he's being forced to. I've tried letting him pick out his own books but no such luck.
Finally he finished a book a few weeks ago and I was excited he'd finally get some AR points because he was at zero for the semester so far and his overall goal is 15. Then I find out the book he read wasn't on the AR program (it was Franny K. Stein?). So I went to the website and picked out a book for him...Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing and Superfudge.
We started reading together as a family and he finished Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing in about a week. I was excited! He'd get 3 points for that book....but guess what, he didn't pass the computer test. He only got maybe half of the questions right. So now what? Do we re-read the book or just keep going and read another book.