Thank you so much for your research. I hate A/R -- I'm a parent of a first grader, and I can tell you it is having the opposite effect on her. We are HUGE readers in our family and until she stgarted school, reading was one of the most pleasurable times of our day. She has participated in A/R for three years now, two years in a private school (pre-K and K) and now in public school. For our daughter, it seems to bring out the worst in her. She is motivated not to read the books but the game the system. I might add the her teachers seem similarly motivated. We are approaching the deadline for their group reward and the teachers are frantically having kids take A/R tests on anything and everything. Our daughter took a test on a book she brought home yesterday and never even removed from her backpack. There is no easy way to engender a love of reading. There's nothing you can buy or subscribe to or "benchmark." It takes work on everyone's part and individualized attention to the needs of each kid.
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