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    The STAR Early Literacy test is a computer given test that is an indicator of pre-reading skills. This test does not indicate your students reading ability, but rather indicates the skills that prepare your student to begin reading independently. There are six primary pre-reading skills children develop, and that if learned appropriately will aid dramatically in easing their ability to read. 

    1.     Print Motivation-means they are excited and interested in learning to read, even if it is grocery list, recipe, or email.  Some ways you can help are reading in a cheerful voice, allowing your child to choose books for you to read to them, and checking out books on a topic they are interested in. 

    2.   Print Awareness-is knowing how to handle a book, which side is the cover, how to turn the pages, and pointing out familiar words.

    3.   Narrative Skills-means being able to describe things in a story in sequence or retelling. 

    4.   Vocabulary-means simply knowing the names of things and connecting them to objects, feelings, or ideas.  Of course, non-fiction books are great for building vocabulary but so are picture books.  Words like marvelous, wonderful, and extraordinary are fun to read and talk about!

    5.   Phonological Awareness-is the piece that comes before phonics.  It is being able to hear that words are made of smaller sounds.  Playing with sounds such as rhyming or substituting beginning and ending sounds for another. 

    6.   Letter knowledge-is understanding that letters look different from one another and have their own name and sound.  Singing the alphabet song or identifying the letters in their name are ways you can help.  So is reading aloud alphabet books and describing the shape of letters. 

    I hope this letter helps you understand the test that we give your child and how you can help improve that score.  As your child improves in their pre-reading skills we will test them using the STAR Reading test.  We will not use that test until they are ready to read independently. 

    Some things you can do to help move them towards independent reading is to practice the sight word list in the Bronco Binder, reading at home for 15 minutes each evening, and practicing their spelling list which includes sight words and words they can sound out on  their own. 

    What is Accelerated Reader?
    AR is a computerized reading program in which students read books and take comprehension tests over those books. They receive scores and points for each test they take. There are many reasons that AR is used in the classroom.  AR is used as a tool to monitor students, to manage student progress, and a motivation to keep kids reading!  AR helps teachers guide each student toward books on their personalized level to improve their reading skills. This program is one part of our reading curriculum.
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    Accelerated Reader Goals
    Each student will have a personalized goal for reading.  We will celebrate students that achieve those goals each 9 weeks.  If your child makes their goal they will be able to participate in the celebration.
    1st 9 Weeks Soda and Extra Recess
    2nd 9 Weeks Hot Chocolate and Polar Express Movie
    3rd 9 Weeks Popsicle and Extra Recess
    4th 9 Weeks Goldfish and Finding Nemo Movie 
     
    End of the Year Awards Ceremony
    At the end of the year there will be an award for students who have read 100 books.  To get this award, students must read and test through AR.