A Year in System 44

What should you expect from a year of System 44? A lot! During the course of the school year, your child will get plenty of help with the basics of reading such as phonics, common sight words, and vocabulary. All of this instruction and practice means greater fluency, the ability to read and understand what they read. Check out this timeline to discover what’s on the agenda for the year—and find out what you can do to help!

"We are thrilled with the help our son is getting this year. We have noticed a huge change in his reading and also his confidence level."

- System 44 Family
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Placement and
Progress Tests
Software
Books and
Quizzes
Important
School Events
(and Tips!)
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  • September
    Milestone 1

    About two weeks after school starts, your child will take a placement test called the HMH Reading Inventory. This test measures your child’s comprehension of reading material. If your student earns a score of BR (Beginning Reader), your child will take the HMH Phonics Inventory.

    Milestone 1

    Welcome back to school! To kick off the school year, many schools host a parent-teacher night. This is a great chance for you to meet your child's teacher, and to share any concerns you may have. For more information, contact the school.

    Milestone

    In System 44, your child will spend time reading on his or her own, in a quiet, comfortable area of the classroom. The System 44 classroom library is stocked with high-interest paperbacks and audiobooks that are sure to engage your reader. After completing a book, your child will take a HMH Reading Counts! quiz. These computer-generated quizzes not only test how well readers understood the text, the quizzes also allow students to practice and improve their test-taking skills.

  • October
    Milestone 1

    It's time for another SPI test! The results of this test will be used to set goals for your child's reading progress throughout the school year.

  • November
    Milestone 1

    By now your child may have completed a book during independent reading time—maybe the first book that she or he has ever read from cover to cover! Talk to your child about what she/he has been reading, and ask about your child's HMH Reading Counts! quiz results.

  • December
    Milestone 1

    Most students should be receiving a report card around this time. The report card lists your child's grades in each subject. Some schools mail report cards directly to the home, while others hand them out to students.

  • January
    Milestone 1

    It's time for another SPI test! This test will measure the amount of progress your child has made in System 44.

    Milestone 1

    Check in with your child to learn about the latest book he/she read. And while you’re at it, ask about the HMH Reading Counts! quiz. This computer-generated quiz not only tests students on how well they understood the book, but it allows them to brush up on their test-taking skills.

  • February
    Milestone 1

    Students may be home for winter recess, but that doesn't mean they should take a break from learning. Help your child practice—and maintain—the reading skills he/she has learned. Take a trip to the library. Have your child help you read your recipes, or log on to favorite shopping sites for reading practice.

  • March
  • April
    Milestone 1

    Check in with your child to learn about the latest book he/she read. And while you’re at it, ask about the HMH Reading Counts! quiz. This computer-generated quiz not only tests students on how well they understood the book, but it allows them to brush up on their test-taking skills.

  • May
    Milestone 1

    It's time for another SPI test! This test will measure the amount of progress your child has made in System 44.

  • June
    Milestone 1

    Check in with your child to learn about the latest book he/she read. And while you’re at it, ask about the HMH Reading Counts! quiz. This computer-generated quiz not only tests students on how well they understood the book, but it allows them to brush up on their test-taking skills.

    Milestone 1

    Most students should be receiving a report card around this time. The report card lists your child's grades in each subject. Some schools mail report cards directly to the home, while others hand them out to students.

  • Summer
    Milestone 1

    School's out! To keep reading skills polished over the summer, your child may bring home a list of books to read. Provide encouragement and make the assignment fun. Have your child pretend to be a book critic and write a review. Pair him/her with a reading buddy. Or have your child listen to audiobooks during a car trip.

Continuous

As part of their work in System 44, students work on computer software to practice their skills and get regular assessments. They watch videos on topics ranging from science and history to literature and the arts. Then, they read a passage about the video they watched, and practice important skills like spelling, vocabulary and writing.