Students stay on track through Accelerated ReaderWORTHINGTON — Second-graders at Prairie Elementary got a chance to show off their reading skills they’ve acquired to family members Thursday during the Accelerated Reader Parent Day.
WORTHINGTON — Second-graders at Prairie Elementary got a chance to show off their reading skills they’ve acquired to family members Thursday during the Accelerated Reader Parent Day.
Family members learned from second grade teacher Laurie Landwehr that Accelerated Reader, or A.R. is a program that measures each child’s reading ability through the Star Reader Test.
Based on grades they receive from the test, teachers are able to discern “just right” A.R. books, which are available through the school and county library, customized for each student’s level.
Parents received report cards on their child’s progress as well as reading assistance tips from Landwehr, including to ensure their child spend at least 60 minutes a week, reading.
“Parent involvement is very important,” said teacher Lindsey McGraw. “By letting parents know how A.R works and why we do it, makes a difference.”
After the information session, students were eager to choose their A.R. books and begin reading.
A.R. Parent Day focused on each second-grader reading a book twice.
Family members or volunteers were encouraged to ask comprehension questions when children re-read the book.
Landwehr stressed that students’ comprehension is a necessary intervention indicator for teachers.
Saydee Gomez picked a book from one of her favorite series, “Franklin.”
As she read about the adventure of the young tortoise, her aunt Imelda Badillo listened carefully — helping Saydee with mispronunciations or words that she’d missed.
“We try to make sure that each student has at least one adult to read to,” McGraw explained about students, who if their parents were not in attendance, would read to another family member or a volunteer.
“It’s very exciting for the kids to have at someone come in and read with them.” McGraw said.
Saydee said her mother could not be at the event because of work but she was equally excited that her aunt was there. She considers reading not only her favorite pastime, but a family hobby.
“I like reading to my baby brother and my big brother reads, mostly, to the both of us,” she explained.
Badillo said she’d only heard Saydee read “once or twice” prior to the A.R. parent day.
“She reads really well and understand what she’s reading,” Badillo said. “She has a good reading speed.”