The Accelerated Reader (AR) Program is a reading incentive program to help children in 1st thru 4th grades practice reading comprehension.
How it works:
A student reads a book that is on the AR list and then he/she can take a test over that book on a computer at school and earn points. The points accumulate through out the year. All students start over each school year with zero AR points.
Most of our Challenger Library books have AR stickers so that students can very easily tell if the book is AR. The AR sticker also tells the level of the book and how many points the book is worth. Now, students can easily check to see if a book from home or from another library is AR by clicking on the AR BookFinder link below.
Students who earn 100 AR points have their name announced during the morning announcements and they go to the office to receive a special dog tag that says “Outstanding Reader, Challenger Elementary” and then they go to the library to have their picture taken to go on a bulletin board in the main hallway. Feel free to set personal reading goals for your own child. For example, you could say "if you earn 10 AR points by __________, then we will celebrate with ice cream at __________ ."
You may use Renaissance (AR) Home Connect as a way of monitoring and encouraging your child's reading practice. To log into Home Connect, you will need your child's AR username and password. Your child should be able to give you this information him or herself.
Click Here for Home Connect
Once logged on, you can choose current marking period (nine weeks) or school year. You can click on "View My Bookshelf" to see all the AR books your child has read and tested on for this year and previous years. You can even click on "email set-up" at the top of the student's page and register an email address so that you will be notified everytime your child takes an AR test at school.
AR tests can only be taken at school, but the books do not have to come from the Challenger library...they can come from anywhere (public library, book store, personal collection, etc.) "AR Bookfinder" can be used to see the reading level of books so that you can make sure that your child is practicing by reading books at an appropriate reading level. Please keep in mind that there is a difference between reading level (text difficulty) and interest level which relates more to content appropriateness.