AccelerAted Reader – An Introduction for Parents
All students in Year 7 at Prospect School participate in the Accelerated Reader (AR) programme.
What is AR and how does it work?
AR is a computer adaptive reading programme that helps to manage, monitor and encourage students’ independent reading.
The programme identifies every student’s reading level, enabling them to choose books that are right for them; it identifies books that provide the right amount of challenge, without frustration, in order for them to improve and make progress with their reading.
Every student picks a book at their level and reads it at their own pace. Once completed, they take a quiz about the book (to check that they have understood what was read) and are then rewarded for passing their quizzes and making progress.
Students 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. In addition, in most cases, students really enjoy taking the quizzes. Since they are reading books at their reading and interest levels, they are likely to be successful.
Through this combination, the AR programme helps to motivate students to read, by guiding them to books that are just right for them and promoting rewards for progress. Students can then build on their reading skills and enjoy reading, becoming confident, independent readers who read for pleasure.
How can I help and support the programme at home?
As with anything, performance improves with practice. Here are some things you can do to help your child’s reading progress and support the programme:
- Encourage your child to read at home every day.
- Create a culture of reading in your household by reading with your child, starting a home library, visiting your local library or bookshop on a regular basis, letting your child see you reading and discussing books that each of you have read.
- When reading with your child, stop and ask questions to be sure your child is comprehending what is read.
- Talk to your child about AR and their progress with the programme.
For more information about the programme, visit www.renlearn.co.uk or speak to a member of the English Department.