Welcome to Second Grade
We want to welcome you and your child to our campus! We are now settling in for a year of fun, hard work, and growth. Good attendance and being punctual will help your child be successful.
One goal of Glenmore Elementary is to help students become lifelong learners who love to read. Accelerated Reader is a motivational program for individual student reading practice. Each student is given a test at the beginning of the year to determine the most effective range for him/her to practice reading.
The ZPD range, or Zone of Proximal Development, is a reading range of books that will challenge a student without frustration or loss of motivation. It is the level of difficulty from which a student should be able to read independently for long periods of time. During the reading time, both fluency and endurance are improved.
As the year progresses, teachers monitor student progress, adjusting ZPD ranges as needed. Glenmore students enjoy taking tests, accumulating points, and earning rewards. We are excited with the reading progress our students are making! Each book in our library, that is a part of the Accelerated Reader Program, are color coded with the level of the book.
Frequently Asked Questions about Accelerated Reader
Q. What if my child doesn't like reading?
A. Using Accelerated Reader, your child will choose the books he or she wants to read. The teacher will make certain the book is at the right level so that after completing the book, your child should do well on the AR quiz. Success on the quiz will encourage your child to read more. With guidance from the teacher, and success, children who say they don't like reading will develop a love of reading.
Q.Will my child have to read a book I don't want him to read?
A. No. There are many, many choices of books at your child's level. He will never be forced to read a book you find questionable.
Q.My child already does well in school. Why does she need this?
A. Even if a child is gifted at playing a musical instrument, she has to practice to develop her talent. Accelerated Reader encourages more and better reading practice. Bright children, like all children, need to be challenged. Teachers using Accelerated Reader in their classrooms find it easy to match each student to the books that give the child both challenge and success.
Q.What can I do to help?
A. You can do what you've always done - encourage your child! Teachers using Accelerated Reader make time for reading in school. You can help by making sure your child has time to read at home as well. Reading with your child, no matter what the child's age, is an important part of developing a good reader, creating a lifelong love of reading and learning, and creating a warm, loving relationship between you and your child. Make reading a family affair!