Your child will participate in AR this school year. The purpose of using AR at this early stage is to make the students comfortable with the program so they have confidence with the program when they go to second grade. Some students will start earlier than others. I use my judgement by watching their confidence and participation within their reading group to see when I will start them on AR. Most children will start around the second half of the year. All students will try AR by the end of the year. Much of the reading is done within the classroom, but the students may bring books home from time to time if they so choose.