Reading is critical to learning and impacts all curriculum areas.
Reading is a skill, and like every other skill, it requires practice. The more you read, the better you become at reading. We encourage families to take an active role in encouraging and participating in their child’s reading practice.
Reading aloud together, nightly, will demonstrate the importance of reading to the child as well as improving their skill in reading. Asking questions about the characters or the information after reading a few paragraphs will improve comprehension skills which are a vital component of reading. This also increases their vocabulary exposure and helps them to visualize what they are reading.
One of the ways we motivate students to read at school is through using the Accelerated Reader (AR) program. Using this, Medulla students read books and take AR computerized tests. It is a county-wide program that encourages the child to read books at their particular comfortable reading level.
The teachers set individual reading goals every 9 weeks. At the end of each nine week grading period, the students who have an average test score of 85% and have reached their point goal set by their teacher will receive a special AR Reward! Parents can participate in this process by encouraging them to read their AR books and giving praise for their achievements in reading.
This website allows parents to locate books that have AR tests available. It will also give you the book level, the quiz number and the number of points earned if the quiz is passed.