Accelerated Reading: Make Every AR Point Count

If your child is struggling to get “AR Points”, you’re not alone.  Some kids are natural readers, but if your child has dyslexia or another type of obstacle that makes reading hard, then you’ve really got to make every AR point count.

First, find out how many AR points your child needs to reach each week, month or every 6 weeks.  This will help you monitor their progress.

Here are some tips for helping kiddos get more AR points, and to make every AR point really count:

Use technology to find AR points

Look up every single book that your child reads on the free website ARbookfind.com This site tells you how many AR points the book is worth, and it tells you the AR test number. 

If you prefer to use apps, I like “Points Scan” because I can simply scan the barcode and the AR information pops up. 

AR Points Scan app for quickly looking up Accelerated Reader information

Ask questions to check for comprehension

When your child is done reading a book, it’s perfectly fine to help check for comprehension by asking them some questions about the book.  Additionally, the AR tests have the option to let kids test even if a book was read “TO” them or “WITH” them. 

So, if you have a struggling reader, feel confident that you’re helping them develop a love for reading by reading to them and with them. 

Being familiar with the book’s contents will also help you ask better comprehension questions.

Buy new books only if they are worth AR points

I’ve realized that every book my kids check out at the school library are available for AR points.  So I adopted that same philosophy at home…I only buy brand new books that are worth AR points.  This way you can be sure that your hard earned money is working for your child towards AR points also. 

Keep a log of AR test numbers

When you look up an AR number, write it down in a place where your child will have it available at school also. 

This can be in the communication folder or on a sticky note. 

The younger your child is, the harder it is for them to keep up with the titles of the books they’ve read.  So, help them out and send the AR test number to the school as a handy tool for your child to know which tests they need to take.

Scrounge up books your child has already read in the past

There’s probably an AR goldmine in your child’s room already. There are probably books your child read over the summer or in the past laying around that you have long forgotten about. 

That means AR points are probably hiding behind the dresser, under the bed, in the closet, and in the toy bin. 

Scrounge up all the previous books your child has read and didn’t get credit for…scan them to find the AR number and add those babies to the AR list you send to the school with your child.



Find cheap AR books at thrift stores

No need to spend major money on new books.  Sift through thrift stores and Goodwill to find AR books, with your handy AR Points Finder app. 

I found 13 AR books at Goodwill for 25¢ each.  I did the math….saved $75 buying the books used instead of brand new.  That’s a steal!!

little free library

Visit www.littlefreelibrary.org to find a Little Free Library near you.

Use the free little library

Someone came up with a really fantastic idea of building LIttle Free Libraries all over the United States. This is a great spot to find new books and to make sure your child’s old books get recycled. 


Volunteer at your child’s school

One of the best ways to familiarize yourself with how to help your child get the most out of AR points is to become an AR volunteer at the school. 

This involves about 30 minutes of time reading test questions to the kids or helping them log in to their AR test. 

It helps you actually see the types of questions that the tests have, which can help you ask better comprehension questions after your child has read a book. 


AR points are a gift

Reading opens up so many different worlds and perspectives.  Giving your child the support and structure to help them make every AR point count is a gift of love as a parent. 

If you have any other handy AR tips, please let us know!

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