Learning to read and then reading to learn are two major objectives of our Lower School Program. We also desire to instill a LOVE of reading in our students. In an effort to accomplish these goals, we feel it is important to encourage students to continue reading quality books over the summer.
We have two suggestions to help accomplish these goals. The first suggestion is to get involved in the summer reading program offered by your local library. We know that many of you already do this each year.
The second suggestion is to make use of the recently updated summer reading lists located below. These lists contain titles of books that we feel may be appropriate for various age levels. These lists are not meant to be exhaustive, merely “starters”.
- Record all the books read this summer.
- Sign the list to verify the books were read.
- Send it to the teacher at the beginning of school in the fall.
- What will the recognition for “a job well-done” be?
- We will have a special incentive to work toward dress-down Mondays for the month of October. The more books read, the more dress-down Mondays.
- Extra days can be earned for bringing in the signed list on time and for reading more than the total read last year.
- IF the students go “over the top” with the number of books they read, there just may be a very special additional surprise!
In addition to the summer reading in grades K-5, we are recommending that students do some math practice to continue to use the skills and concepts they learned during the school year. In September we want our students to start the year confident with the prerequisite skills from the prior year so they will meet with success for the new school year. We recommend the K-4 students continue to use the online resources and games at www.everydaymathonline.com. For additional practice we recommend the Summer Math Skills Sharpener by TRI-C Publications, Inc., which you can find at www.summerskills.com. Books are $20. This includes shipping and handling. This is optional and not required. If you do choose to use this resource, we encourage you to use the methods and procedures learned in the Everyday Math curriculum.