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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Sat, 05-10-2003 - 9:16am
He just finished Gentle Ben and is now reading King of Shadows. He's been doing a lot of reading this week because of the standardized tests. When you finish early, you can read. Although she won't let them start reading until a certain designated time because she doesn't want them to rush through the test just to get back to their book. So he has still finished before then and had to sit and do nothing until the time they are allowed to read.

Yes, we have AR at our school. Stephen is approaching 200 points, but I think the deadline is next week. He's trying hard to get there at this point. In past years, he's been close, but just quit reading AR books at the end of the year because he didn't care if he reached a certain level or not. The program can be good and bad. Fortunately I feel like my kids keep it in perspective and if they're interested in a particular book, but it isn't AR, they will still read it. The problem, IMO, comes in for some children who won't touch a book if it isn't AR. They miss out on a lot of good books that way. Plus they're reading just for points, not for the enjoyment of reading. I'm not really sure that the kids who are not as good of readers are really motivated by this program anyway. It seems like the good readers are the ones who really take off and get lots of points. Anyway, DS will be going for dessert with the principal (I think to Dairy Queen) for having reached 150 points. Also, I don't think that most of our teachers base their report card grades on anything having to do with AR, which I like. In 4th grade I think they only required passing 3 AR tests and reading 600 pages per quarter to go to a reading party. I like that approach because I think the kids should be able to read whatever they want, AR or not, and 3 tests per quarter is not much.

Janet

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Sat, 05-10-2003 - 11:56am
Brooke has been reading Goosebumps books lately. Not sure what got her started on those, and honestly, I'd rather she read anything else. I am not much for spooky and gory LOL.

AR is done if the teacher wants to. Brooke's teacher uses it as part of their reading grade. If they read and get 3+ points a month, they get an A for that part of the reading grade. It's not their total grade though, they have to do other things too.

Sherri

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Sat, 05-10-2003 - 11:22pm
Anything Mary-Kate and Ashley!

Pat - Katelyn (10), Melanie (6)

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Tue, 05-13-2003 - 4:18pm
Longtime souper stopping in. We are abroad, so no AR here. Kiddo is running low on books, so she has started rereading books. I think the last one was "Black Beauty," and before that fave chapters from "Huckleberry Finn." Unfortunately we have no library, and there are only limited selections in the English language bookstores. She reads various books in Greek (her school language), but I have no idea what they are.
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Thu, 05-15-2003 - 7:03pm
Can you order books from someplace online Barnes and Noble or Amazon? I don't know how expensive shipping might be, but that is an option!

My dd counted her books last night(we are rearranging her room) and she had 160 just in one pile that we had moved to the hallway.

Sherri

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Fri, 05-16-2003 - 2:38am
We do order from Amazon. If we order from the UK, shipping is not outrageous. The problem is more WHAT to order. The classics I can get here, so that is not a problem, the rest I have no clue about. So, if I can't look at the books and read the back, flip through it etc., it is really hard to choose.
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Sun, 05-18-2003 - 9:13am
This sounds so hard! But, I'm sure you know that Amazon has many books where you can "look inside" and read a few pages. Perhaps you and your child can pick a few books that way to try. Still a risk, I know. I also find the Amazon reviews to be very helpful. I choose books (fortunately from the library) by reading book lists posted by our school, library, suggestions from this board, etc. Then I read the reviews on Amazon and "look inside" to see if my kids will like them. When I then bring them home from the library, I have a pretty good "success" rate! So, we can keep posting book suggestions for you here, for you to check out. I picked up a couple of good ones from this past thread.

BTW, it's great that your dd can read books in more than 1 language!

Janet

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