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1 Welcome Parents All images were purchased from Scrappin Doodles and may not be redistributed.

2 Accelerated Reader What is Accelerated Reader? Accelerated reader is simple. Students read a book, take a quiz, and get immediate feedback. Children get excited and motivated when they see their progress, and teachers can easily monitor and manage students' independent reading practice. How is your child s independent reading level determined? Your child will take a STAR reading test to determine his/her independent reading level. STAR Reading's research-based test items meet the highest standards for reliability and validity, giving you the actionable data you need in four major skill areas:foundational Skills, Reading Informational Text, Reading: Literature, and Language. Example STAR reading test: Welcome to Renaissance Place

3 Accelerated Reader Continued What will reading with my child look like in the beginning? reading will be choppy/ robotic student reads, parent reads, student/ parent read together (practice reading the book a minimum of 3 times before testing) Practice reading from left to right and tracking the print as you read. Practice reading your child s library book that he/ she has now to get them into the routine once they begin AR. (reading every night is very important) Example Video of Child Reading How can I help my child become a fluent reader? talk to your child read books again and again play with letters, words, and sounds Reading tips handouts located on back round table

4 Accelerated Reader Continued How to prepare for an AR test. Comprehension Strategies ( Reference strategies worksheet) Filling out your child s AR log in the front of their agenda. (Only mark one: read to, read with, read independently) What does an AR quiz look like? Example AR test: Welcome to Renaissance Place There are only 5 questions per test.

5 The Purpose of Homework Practice -Reinforce learning and help the student master specific skills Preparation -To introduce material that will be presented in future lessons Extension -help students to apply skills they already have to new situations Integration -to help the student apply many different skills to a single task (for example: book reports, science projects)

6 Red Homework Folder Please do not put any other notes, money, paper or anything non-homework related in the Red Homework Folder since these are reviewed on the weekends. Allow your child to complete homework in their own hand-writing. If your child makes a mistake, please show them the error, and have your child to correct the mistake in their own handwriting. Please do not leave the error as is.

7 Red Homework Folder Directionality -sentences should be written from left to right, top to bottom - sentences should start with a capital letter and end with a period -letter naming fluency grid and sight word grids should be practiced from left to right and timed Use tablet paper or any other type of handwriting paper to complete homework. Homework should not be completed in the boxes of the Homework Grid. Keep all homework in the homework folder. Do not take the homework out of the HW Folder to turn in. * Extra Handwriting Paper will be provided on the back round table if needed*

8 Homework Tips Make sure your child has a quiet, well-lit place to do homework; free from distractions. Make sure the materials needed for homework are readily available. When your child asks for help provide guidance, not answers. Giving answers means your child may not learn the material.

9 Homework Tips Cooperate with the Teacher, by playing a role in homework. It shows your child that the school and home are a team. Watch your child for signs of frustration. Let your child take a short break if he/she is having trouble keeping their mind on an assignment. Reward progress in homework. If your child has been successful in homework completion and is working hard, celebrate that success with a special event to reinforce the positive effort.

10 Reading Tips: Have your child read aloud to you every night. Point out spelling and sound patterns as your child is reading. If your child makes a mistake while reading, point out the words missed and have your child go back and reread the entire sentence from the beginning. Ask your child questions about the story - What happened in the story in his/her own words? - What are the characters, setting and events in the story? - What he/she predicts will happen next in the story?

11 Math Tips Give your child many opportunities to count - Ask your child questions that involve counting and comparing numbers (e.g. Who has more, who has less). - Play number games during every activity (number of steps, items). - Watch your child play to understand his/her way of problem solving. (e.g. does your child touch each object while counting) Help your child recognize shapes and size relationships - Ask your child to find items that are triangles, circles, rectangles and other shapes. - Ask your child to stack groceries by container or organize by size. Find Ways to collect and organize information - Ask your child to sort objects around the house (e.g. laundry). - Encourage your child to create patterns (e.g. repeating colors, numbers)

12 Thank You!

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