POSTED AT 03:44 PM
Welcome 2012! I hope you all had a wonderful break and holiday season. We are back in school and already working towards new AR goals! If you have not signed up for home connect I encourage you to do so. You can view each AR test & score your child takes and you have the opportunity to sign up for email alerts. You can also see your child's AR goal for the 9 weeks. Each child has a comprehension, point, and book level goal. If you have questions about your child's goals, you can contact his/her teacher. I encourage parents to get involved with their child's AR progress by using home connect as a communication tool. A comprehension score of 80% is the minimum score accepted for passing. If your child is scoring below 80% he/she may not be fully comprehending what he/she read. There are a few things parents can do to encourage optimum comprehension. First, ask your child questions about the book. Who were the characters, what was your favorite part, what happened in the book, how would you change the ending, and other questions that engage your child to think about what he/she read. Secondly, parents should either sit with their child while reading and read with him/her or just listen but either way be engaged. Thirdly, show an interest in reading yourself. Make trips to the public library together, read books, magazines, or any other reading material to show your child you enjoy reading. Above all enjoy spending time with your child and encourage a love of reading by setting the example.