Accelerated Reading Program Enhances and Excites Students to Read
Reading is a fundamental part of learning. Reading is actually the foundation that opens so many doors to new knowledge. It is important for children to learn to read and comprehend what they read. There are many programs available that help children learn a love of reading. One such program is the accelerated reader program. My son’s school used the program for years and even though it has flaws it motivated many students to read and enjoy books.
The schools in my area have used the accelerated reading program for years to enhance reading and promote a love for literature. The program is a computer based software program that helps teachers monitor and manage students reading progress. There are many different books that are a part of the accelerated reading program. The books each have points based on the reading level and ability. Students read a book, and then they take a computer based comprehension test. They earn points based on their score. The helps teachers understand students reading ability and comprehension. If used correctly the program is an excellent way to promote excitement in reading.
One way to use the program is to offer students rewards for reaching a goal, offering a reward such as lunch with the principal when reaching 100 points is an excellent incentive. Another incentive is to offer a book for students who reach a specific amount of points. This way students are not competing against each other but yet they are competing with themselves to earn rewards. While reading for points they also learn more about literature and through practice their comprehension skills improve.
Another way to use the program is to have a school contest. The school my son went to had a ‘kiss the pig” contest. The school set a reading goal for the students to meet. If the entire school met that goal the Principal and librarian would kiss a pig. This goal prompted children who do not always want to read to pick up books, read and test so that they could see the Principal and librarian kiss a pig. The kids reached their goal and the Principal and librarian kissed a pig.
The end goal does not have to be quite as drastic as kissing a pig but picking something that will excite the students is best. Some schools dunk the Principal if the students reach a goal, or even throw a pie at the Principal or their favorite teacher for meeting the goal. Whatever the goal is the accelerated reading program is an excellent way to promote a love of reading and success in understanding.
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About Kim Miller
I am a single mom of two sons, 15 and 18 years old. I also have an 8 month old grandson. I recently earned my BA in Elementary Education and am working toward an MA in Elementary Education. I love working with children and watching them learn.