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Take Home Reader Program

Learning to read is the most significant learning event a person will experience. There is nothing that can compare to the early formative stages of reading.
 
Reading is a sequential process and levelled readers are essential. Research tells us that a well organised and consistent Take Home Reader Program is very important in developing your child's reading ability.
 
In 2012, the Take Home Reading Program was launched from the library. New readers have been purchased which our students love to read. Each week, thanks to a group of very dedicated parent volunteers, students take home a bag containing a variety of readers which they are able to read independently at home. Several times a year, students reading levels are assessed so that they can keep reading appropriate books to encourage their reading progress. Once the student has reached Level 30, they will graduate to the Accelerated Reading Program. 

Accelerated Reader

Accelerated Reader (AR) is a computer program used by more than 80 000 schools across the globe that helps teachers and librarians manage and monitor children’s independent reading practice.  
 
Children sit a STAR Reading test which is used to assess their reading ability, growth over time and reading range for Accelerated Reader. Students choose a book from within their personalised reading range and read it at their own pace. When finished, your child takes a short quiz on the computer. Accelerated Reader (AR) gives your child and their teachers instant feedback on your child’s comprehension of the book. Teachers can then help your child set individualised targets and direct ongoing reading practice to ensure optimal reading growth.
 
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 and librarians help your child choose books from within an appropriate reading range that is challenging without being frustrating ensuring that your child can pass the quiz and experience success.
 
How can I support my child’s reading practice?
Accelerated Reader is about students practising their reading. Anything that supports a child to complete more reading practice should result in improved performance. Research shows that students do more reading when they have access to lots of books, see their parents model reading and where reading is seen as a fun activity, not a task assigned by their teachers. According to research, 35 minutes of reading practice a day could lead to improved performance.
 
Remember that reading the story in a book is more important than simply reading the words. Accelerated Reader (AR) is designed to have your child read a book and complete a quiz to assess their comprehension of that story. After your child has completed their reading at home, consider asking questions about the book and what they liked, what they disliked, what they think might be happening later in the book or what sort of book they might choose next.
 
Can my children do quizzes at home?
No, your child can only do quizzes at school.
 
The main purpose for Accelerated Reading (AR) is to encourage your child to practise their reading, so when at home the focus is on reading not quizzing.
 
Specific times and access is organised for students to do their quizzes at school. In addition to class allocated time (Period 5 each day), the library will be open at 8.20am-8.40am, and at lunchtimes. Students already know how to access their quizzes on the iPads to make taking quizzes very easy.
  
How can I support my child’s use of AR?
  1. Each time your child completes a quiz, the Accelerated Reader Software produces a report called the TOPS report. The data on the TOPS report allows you to provide praise and positive reinforcement.
    a. If your child passes their quiz, then encourage them.
    b. Remember - a single failed quiz does not mean your child cannot read. It could mean that they didn't understand the book they chose or didn't connect with the story, so help your child to select another book they will enjoy.
  2. Remember when your child says they don’t have homework, there is always the task of reading a book.
  3. Ideally you could model reading for your child by reading a book yourself.
  4. Some children need help finding books that are of interest to them. You can find information on the 28 000+ AR books on this website - www.ARBookFInd.com.au. Remember the books your child reads can include those from the library or the public library.
  5. You can access your child's records using the username and password they use to login at school (they have been given a laminated card with these details).
More information about the Accelerated Reader Program can be found at: http://www.accreader.com.au/ or by contacting Melanie Burr, Teacher-Librarian.