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Children become life-long learners by reading at school AND home. Thank you for supporting your child and helping him/her achieve the goal of 300 minutes per week. While most of their reading will occur in school, students will also need to read 150 minutes at home to meet the expectation.
You are probably thinking, “That is a lot of reading!” You are correct. It is! However, the children will be able to accomplish this by reading books that are written at the appropriate reading level. Children reading “just right” books typically read two thirds of a page in a minute.
Reading Logs and Reading Reflection
Students should be documenting their at-home reading. It may seem redundant, but your child analyzes his/her log each week. For example, if a child has read at least 150 minutes at home and over 150 minutes at school, but isn’t through a 175 page book, the child can review the log to see where changes in his/her reading habits can be made. Is the child distracted when reading? Are the chosen books too challenging?
As students finish books, they take comprehension quizzes using the Accelerated Reader system. Each book is worth a set number of points and each child is assigned a point goal for the quarter. The point goal is based on the child's reading level. The teacher will also print out the Accelerated Reader scores and send them home each week. The children analyze their scores and reflect on their reading. They also create goals for the following week. Please sign your child's reading reflection homework each week.
Each teacher has books in the classroom. They will also visit the media center to check out books. Students are also welcome to bring in books from home or go to the public library. The important thing is for the child reads the same book in home and at school, finishing one book before starting a new one. If a student wants to switch his/her backup book, they just see the teacher and she will change it on their form.