Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Jared's 1st AR Dog Tag

"What's an AR Dog Tag?" you ask? Well, first what is AR. AR is short for Accelerated Reader. It's a reading program that Jared's school uses. Let me just copy and paste the description of it from the AR website here ;) ...

Accelerated Reader (AR) is the most popular and successful reading product of all time. AR’s advanced technology helps you:

•Make essential reading practice more effective for every student.
•Personalize reading practice to each student’s current level.
•Manage all reading activities including read to, read with, and read independently.
•Assess students’ reading with four types of quizzes: Reading Practice, Vocabulary Practice, Literacy Skills, and Textbook Quizzes.
•Build a lifelong love of reading and learning.


First, Jared had to take a reading comprehension test to see what reading level he is at. Amazingly enough, Jared scored in the 1.8 to 2.8 reading level. That means at a 1st grader, month 8th to a 2nd grader month 8th. WOW! And he JUST began 1st grade in July!

Second, now knowing his reading level, we can find appropriate books for him to read and enjoy. I use the AR Book Finder website a lot to find books for him. Also, all of his school's library books have a sticker on the inside cover indicating what AR reading level the book is at, e.g. 2.0, 2.4, 1.9. Sweet!

Third, starting in 1st grade all kids must read AR books and then take a reading comprehension test (aka AR Test) on the book when the child is ready. Each book, on that sticker on the inside of the book, has an AR Test number and then the AR points earned in taking the test. Most of Jared's books have a point value of .5. Jared, and actually ALL of his classmates, LOVE to take AR tests. They are taken at the computer. Even better, we can receive emails on when Jared takes an AR test and what his score is. Cool! :) So far, he has received mostly 100% on his AR tests. I took a snapshot of his progress to date.So fourth, and lastly, his school then has a reward program (aka AR Dog Tags) for the kids. They earn Dog Tags at certain point values...

Blue Tags: 10, 25, 50, and 75
Bronze: 100
Purple: 200
Silver: 300
Red: 400
Gold: 500
Green: 600
Orange: 700
Pink: 800
Maroon: 900
Black: 1000

Points are cumulative, they carry over from year to year, and students must have an average of 80% correct or higher to receive their dog tags.

Jared worked and worked and worked to get his 1st AR Dog Tag. He was taking an AR Test (or TWO!) each day at school. Way to go Jared! Today, when I picked him up from school he asked me "guess what i got mom?" I played with him a bit, making up silly answers ;) , then I gave up. That's when he brought out this!Woo Hoo Son! He is VERY proud of his 1st blue AR Dog Tag :)All kids get to proudly wear their AR Dog Tags on Spirit Days/Fridays. I know he'll be excited to wear his this Friday! :) I'm sure he'll be getting more of these in the future! And so will the girlies, when they get into school.

We have nothing but the best to say about AR! And especially nothing but THE BEST to say about Jared and his 1st AR Dog Tag!!!! :D
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