December 4, 2009

Oh okay. Wait... what?

I'm sure most of you are familiar with the Book-It program that schools do in order to encourage reading at home.

Once you fill out the allotted required reading time, the kids turn their paper back in a get a free personal pan pizza from Pizza Hut.

I received this months paper.

The instructions were:
Not knowing how many decorations I was suppose to put on, I sent in this note (sorry about the bad handwriting):


This is the reply I got:


Amazingly, my faith in the public school system has not increased.

9 super cool people speak:

Heidi said...

It is Idaho. :-) I wonder what notes some parts of WV would send home.
"20 are gud. we kant cownt hier then that."

Sara Lyn said...

Shocking that you're not impressed. (Heidi, that's stinkin' funny.) :)

Brittney said...

are you sure your sweet little savannah wasn't distracting her while she was writing her message? :)

special k said...

hahaha. awesome. that is amazing.

Kelly said...

Hey I'm impressed they do a reading program. Kate's kindergarten is all about coloring (which she mastered about 3 years ago!!)

Serene is my name, not my life! said...

Really? Oh dear, tell them to do the Book-It program! AR reading points... or whatever its called.

Its like a serious competition around here. All the parents want their kids to have the most points!

Heidi said...

From a librarian's point of view: I hate AR! A mathematical formula to determine what reading level a book should be?!? Arg!!! I love the points competition idea, but aside from that...ug. My back bristles any time a parent or child comes in wanting AR stuff. I...am just going to stop before I get going. Keep up getting your children to love reading, and then the AR level won't be so bad.

Serene is my name, not my life! said...

I'll be honest in saying that I had no idea it was anything other than a competition. How does that work? What do you mean "wanting AR stuff"? Are there certain books that you're suppose to read? Cause so far we just have to record the number of minutes read.

Heidi said...

It's probably as the kids get older. Teachers require students to read a certain amount of points in the year. So kids come in trying to find whatever books will fill their points level, but the book has to be on the AR database (because they're associated with tests that the students then take) or else they cannot read it. Well, OK, they can read it, but they get no credit for it.

Our Summer Reading often tracks minutes read, and I think that's best with beginning readers. But if the school system is using AR, you may want to check what 3rd grade and on start doing with it.

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