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Tuesday, May 18, 2010
8:40 PM | | Edit Post
Do you read with your child?
Do you reward your child for reading?
At school, my kids participate in an accelerated reading (AR) program that encourages them to read so many minutes a night. They are encouraged to take tests on AR books and earn points towards the ultimate goal.
The AR grand prize varies from school to school. Oldest isn't sure what hers is and to tell you the truth neither am I. She reads all the time and often gets in trouble for reading when she shouldn't be.
She will, no doubt, be going to her AR event.
Middle daughter likes to read, but not nearly as much as oldest. It is sometimes a little more challenging to get her to comply. Sometimes my husband reads to her and this counts towards her AR goal.
She records her minutes nightly on a reading log that needs to be turned into her teacher every Monday.
Third graders need to read 100 minutes a week to meet their AR goal. I'm not sure if Middle G has attained this goal or not. However, Little G. has.
That's right. My kindergartner is going to the AR event, as are all of the kindergartners, because they read and achieve a much lower goal as a classroom. I'm not really sure how I feel about this. Little G. is just barely reading. Middle G. has tried her best to maintain this goal but as of yet I'm not sure she has.
What's the big deal? What's the AR Event?--A day trip to the State Planetarium on June 1st.
Should I let her brother attend even if she deserves to go more?
How do you feel about rewarding kids like this for reading? And do you think those who haven't read the required amount of minutes should be left behind?
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