What are your kids reading right now?...

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What are your kids reading right now?...
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Wed, 05-07-2003 - 3:12pm
and does your school participate in the Accelerated Reader program?

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Wed, 05-07-2003 - 3:19pm
He's not really reading anything right now, kind of skipping around. He read a book from the library about mysteries in tropical nature. It's about things like how animals know what plants they can eat and things like that. His teacher is reading "The Shadow Club Rising" to the whole class. She said the class loves to be read to this year. She said that's kind of rare in 5th grade but she's read them some great books this year.

Our school doesn't do any kind of AR program. Kind of bums me out as both my kids would love it.

Dawn

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Wed, 05-07-2003 - 4:25pm
dd finished all of the 'kit' books in the american girl series in the past week - super fast for her, but she is enamoured with kit and her time period (the depression). last night she started reading 'the clue' mysteries.

of course, as homeschoolers, we dont have an accelerated reading program, but dd is in a bookclub with other homeschool girls her age. they have meetings once a month where they have a little 'tea' type party and discuss that month's book and choose a book for the following month. they have read a very wide variety of books; everything from pony tails to the secret garden (dd's fav)

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Thu, 05-08-2003 - 2:37pm
Mine is reading "The Hobbit". But, I have a feeling she will lose intrest in that book. Then she has "Are You there God, It's me Margaret". School is out in ten days YAY!!!! We will do some summer Book shopping on the last day of school. It's a tradition. Our friends and I go out to dinner and book shopping on the last day of school.

Sorry about the cl-hat

Kim

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Thu, 05-08-2003 - 3:25pm
No AR here. DS and I just finished Hoot by Carl Hiaasen - great book!! I highly recommend it. We're now doing one of the Gordon Korman books, an oldie but goody, called Radio Fifth Grade. We finished the two series of his; Island and Everest. On his own, he just finished Matilda and is waiting for the latest in the (awful) Darren Shan series.

Sue

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Thu, 05-08-2003 - 4:59pm
i don't know what the accelerated reading program is ... how would i know - i asked dd and she doesn't know either -

she's a tremendous reader who is always reading several books at once... she's re-read every harry potter book about 10 times and is anxiously awaiting number 5! I try to get her to read new things but she fights me ... I tried to get her to read the Secret Garden, Little Princess, C.S. Lewis series (she read the first one but hates the rest)..

She really loved the ARtemis Fowl series - so we have to get the next one - i think it's just out and Holes - as well as the Series of Unfortunate Events books.

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Thu, 05-08-2003 - 6:22pm
Accelerated Reader is a program where books are given a point value. Some are worth .5 points, 1 point, etc. based on how hard and long they are.

The child reads the book, then logs into the computer program and takes a test on the book. If they get all the questions right, they get the full amount of points. If not, they get points based on the number right.

Our school uses it to get the kids to read. Some teachers make it so the kids can do it IF they want to and they award prizes based on who has the most points at the end of the year. Brooke's teacher uses it as part of their reading grade. If they get 3 points each month, they get an A for that part of the reading grade. It's not their total grade, they have to do other things too, but it's a part of it.

Sherri

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Thu, 05-08-2003 - 10:18pm
I had to answer again!! He's reading right this minute! LOL! It a book from the library called "No more nice". He keeps laughing out loud and asked to stay up 15 minutes longer to read. Well, Yeah!!!

Dawn

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Fri, 05-09-2003 - 9:13am
My kids do this but it's not called AR. They call it blue dots. They give more points for the books, Tel read several at the beginning of the year that were upwards of 30 points. He has to read and pass one of these evey 2 weeks or privliges are taken away, recess, etc. His teacher set a goal of 150 points by the end of the year for each chld to participate in a party. Tel has 185 points!

Dawn

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Fri, 05-09-2003 - 11:06am
thanks

i actually did a search on it after i read about it here

they don't do that - but my dd definitely doesn't need more incentives to read..she is a reading maniac - I did find a great reading list - for anyone who is interested :

http://clerccenter.gallaudet.edu/Literacy/AR/

at the bottom they have books assigned by level -

now - do the levels go by grade?

thanks!

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Fri, 05-09-2003 - 2:28pm
I love getting everyone's book suggestions! Sam is currently reading "Summerland" and Rachel is reading "Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants". I'm glad to hear there's a new Artemis Fowl out - Sam loves that series! Rachel just finished a few books by Paula Danziger for this age group that she really enjoyed. Sam has been reading the Redwall series also.

We don't have the AR program. S&R's reading teachers do have them keep a reading log, but as far as I know there is no incentive program. Perhaps they just intervene if the child is not reading enough.

Rachel has trouble finding books she likes (and me finding books for her!) I'm really pleased that her reading teacher keeps a lot of books in the classroom that they may borrow. She's enjoyed choosing from those shelves, or reading something a friend just finished.

Janet

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