GILBERT — Gilbert Elementary School uses the Accelerated Reading program to encourage students to read more by rewarding them with certificates for those who have the highest number of AR points for their grade level.
AR is a computer program that helps your child’s teacher to manage and monitor his independent reading practice. Your child picks a book at his own level and reads it at his own pace. When finished, your child takes a short quiz on the computer. Passing the quiz is an indication that your child understood what was read. AR gives children, teachers, and librarians feedback based on the quiz results, which the teacher then uses to help your child set goals and direct ongoing reading practice.
Children using AR choose their own books to read, rather than having one assigned to them. This makes reading a much more enjoyable experience as they can choose books that are interesting to them.
Teachers help your child choose books at an appropriate readability level that are challenging without being frustrating, ensuring that your child can pass the quiz and experience success. In most cases, children really enjoy taking the quizzes. Since they’re reading books at their reading and interest levels, they are likely to be successful. This is satisfying for most children. Best of all, they learn and grow at their own pace.
Each AR book that has an AR Reading Practice Quiz is given at point value. AR points are computed based on the difficulty of the book and the length of the book. This allows your child to earn points that accumulate throughout the school year.
Cindy Browning is a reporter for the Gilbert Times. To contact Cindy please call 304-664-8225 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.