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Accelerated Reader Program

Home Connect Overview

Dots on Library Books

AR Wall of Fame

Reading Log Instructions

Primary Log 

We Love to Read Pictures 





The Accelerated Reader Program is a computer program that manages student reading practice by allowing students to take a reading comprehension quiz on a book that was read with them, read to them, or read independently.

"AR’s advanced technology helps us:

  • Make essential reading practice more effective for every student.
  • Personalize reading practice to each student’s current level.
  • Manage all reading activities including read toread with, and read independently.
  • Assess students’ reading with four types of quizzes: Reading Practice, Vocabulary Practice, Literacy Skills, and Textbook Quizzes.
  • Build a lifelong love of reading and learning." (From
But the reason we use Accelerated Reader at McKinley Elementary is to bring the joy of reading to every student. "We have seen, over and over again, that once students experience the magic of reading, they willingly and happily read. In fact, you can’t stop them from reading, and their reading skills grow dramatically. That’s why, at its heart, AR is not about the quizzes, the points, or the technology. It’s about turning kids on to books! "  (From Getting Results with AR)
For additional information about AR, read the Parent's Guide.




You can view your student’s daily progress with Accelerated Reader at any time simply by clicking on the Home Connect button to the right.

Home Connect is a fun, easy-to-use, easy-to-understand web-based interface that allows your child, you, and the teacher to share in the educational experience by viewing progress in the Accelerated Reader program while outside of school.

In Home Connect you can:

  • See progress toward reading goals.
  • Conduct book searches using AR Bookfinder
  • Review results on AR quizzes
  • View number of books read, words read, and quizzes passed
  • Click Email Setup to sign up to receive emails showing your student's quiz or test results.
  • Click Help to get answers to your questions about Home Connect

Parents Guide to AR Home Connect

Sharing the joy of learning with your children by seeing how they’re doing in AR and helping them find new books will make their reading practice more effective.







The dot means that our school has an Accelerated Reader quiz for that book and the color refers to its book level.

  • Lavender ~ 8.0 and up
  • Pink ~ 7.0-7.9
  • Lime Green ~ 6.0-6.9
  • Orange ~ 5.0-5.9
  • Green ~ 4.0-4.9
  • Yellow ~ 3.0-3.9
  • Red ~ 2.0-2.9
  • Blue ~ 0.4-1.9





Our AR Wall of Fame in the hallway outside the McKinley Elementary Library Media Center allows students to see their progress as they read books, pass quizzes, and earn points throughout the current school year. Prizes are awarded and their name is moved on the Wall of Fame for accumulated points of 5, 10, 20, 30, 40 and so on.

Students earning 75 points will have their picture taken and hung on the library wall near the Wall of Fame.





Enjoy these pictures of us reading Tumblebooks on our Chromebooks!

Our kindergarten students earn the opportunity to read in the Reading Loft or Reading House

by reading their library books at home.  Medals are given to students who earn 10 AR Points.

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